Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post asserts: “BDS is a modern instantiation of anti-Semitism that poses a danger to Israel,” but believes that the government initiative to extend a hand to J Street “could hold out some hope for change, at least on college campuses.”

Haaretz discusses the emerging reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, which the editor hopes will be signed soon, but notes the situation in Gaza, which was the cause of the rift, remains volatile. The editor argues that the Israel-Turkey agreement does not release Israel “from its responsibility for the lives of 1.8 million people who have been living under a blockade for a decade,” and adds: “As Israel is poised to turn over a new leaf with Turkey, it must also turn over a new leaf with regard to Gaza.” 

Yediot Aharonot rejects the Saudi peace plan out of hand, and argues: “The Saudi Peace initiative is a trap. The initiative calls for an Israeli withdrawal to the borders of June 4, 1967 and for a solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees in accordance with UN resolution 194.” The author adds: “We already have relations with the important Arab countries – both open and secret relations– due to mutual interests, not because of a great love of each other,” and concludes: “Thanks Saudi Arabia, but no thanks.”

Israel Hayom comments on Saudi Arabia’s distress in light of the declining price of oil and Iranian subversion in the Gulf region and the Saudi peninsula, and states: “Faced with the existential threat Iran poses to the region, the Arabs are realizing that Israel is not the adversary and that resolving the Palestinian problem is a relatively minor issue.” 

[Gilad Sharon and Reuven Berko wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]