Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot comments on former Mossad Director Meir Dagan’s public remark last week that

Yediot Aharonot comments on former Mossad Director Meir Dagan’s public remark last week that “While we cannot countenance a nuclear Iran, an aerial attack on its reactors is a stupid idea that lacks any advantage.”  The author says that Dagan made similar remarks approximately three months ago at a closed briefing for journalists, “knowing that his remarks would be leaked.  But the censor, against Dagan’s opinion, banned the remarks from publication.”  The paper asserts that “Dagan has continued his campaign against an aerial attack and – in effect – against the Prime Minister, and has rendered the censor irrelevant, by repeating the remarks at a broad Hebrew University forum in Jerusalem.”  The author surmises that Dagan holds to the idea that “A military attack cannot completely stop the Iranian nuclear project,” and would not only unite the Iranian population behind the regime, but would also give the latter an excuse to withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty.  The paper says that Dagan supports continued – and intensified – international sanctions against Tehran.

Yisrael Hayom discusses the power struggle in Iran between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  The author asserts that “In the meantime, both men seem to be holding to their positions,” and adds that “An intensification of their dispute will endanger the continued existence of the regime at a time when Assad is also under threat.”

The Jerusalem Post discusses the hypocrisy of Arab MKs, and notes that “It has long appeared that the elected representatives of Israel’s Arab sector compete hard with each other for the distinction of who riles the Jews most.” Pointing out the moral inconsistency of the representatives of Israel’s Arab population, the editor states that “In an age when Arabs everywhere are demonstrating in support of new standards of transparency, it is to be hoped that they would be cognizant of the disingenuousness of their representatives in Israel’s Knesset.”

Haaretz comments on the contaminated jet fuel discovered at Ben-Gurion Airport on Thursday which interrupted flights over the weekend, and notes that this is one of a series of crises in recent years that prove that Israel’s infrastructure hangs weakly by a thread. The editor states that “The solution lies not in appointing another committee of inquiry. Rather, it is in working to replace the attitude of complacence with a culture that fosters preparedness of our national infrastructure.”