Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot says that “It is difficult to understand, but Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen is hurtling



Yediot Aharonot says that “It is difficult to understand, but Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen is hurtling – with full force – towards his collapse and that of his Authority this September.”  The author reminds his readers that while the UN General Assembly might recognize a Palestinian state, only the Security Council – where the US has veto power – may grant it UN membership.  The paper asks: “Why is it liable to collapse?” and responds: “Because Abu Mazen is endangering his fragile Authority’s relations with the US, with Israel and with Europe.  Even now, the Americans are outraged at the Authority for making a deal with Hamas, and if it acts against the wishes of the great power, it is liable to find itself facing a withdrawal of support, and then the Authority will collapse diplomatically and economically.  Israel, for its part, has declared that if the Authority acts to establish a Palestinian state, the Oslo Accords – which were transitional agreements – will be abrogated.  In such case, Israel would stop collecting VAT for the Authority, which means that the major monthly cash transfers from Israel to the authority would stop.  The Authority would collapse within a week.”  The author adds that Hamas and many Arab countries are less than keen on a unilateral Palestinian move.”

Ma’ariv notes that “As the human tragedy in Syria unfolds on a daily basis, several foreign organizations intend to sail toward Gaza with humanitarian aid for the Palestinians, who are not suffering from any shortage whatsoever, according to the great quantities of food and other goods that enter the Gaza Strip.  The situation of the Palestinians in the camps in Lebanon is much worse and the world is silent.”  The author believes that “The organizers of the flotilla can still abstain from provocation and avoid going to Gaza.  Were they to channel the assistance to people who really need it, such as the Syrian refugees who have been left without food, shelter or medicine in Lebanon, in addition to those in Turkey, they would certainly win sweeping Western support.  It was reported recently in Iraq that children are rooting around in trash looking for food.  If the assistance really is humanitarian, the flotilla organizers would do well to divert it to other areas in the Middle East in which the population is much worse off.  It seems that there are more than a few of these.”

Yisrael Hayom contends that while Israel’s Christian and secular Muslim Arab MKs may have loudly condemned Britain’s arrest and pending deportation of Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of Israel’s Islamic Movement, “They know full well how much Salah threatens their way of life.  In actuality, they would like to stand on the banks of the Thames, applaud [British Home Secretary] Theresa May and whisper in her ear that if it is within her power, that she should hold Salah in a cell for as long as possible.”

The Jerusalem Post discusses the attack by an Arab mob on an Israeli Jew who inadvertently entered an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem last Sunday, and notes that “The grim concern is that any Jew in a predominantly Arab area may find himself in mortal danger.” The editor declares that this “underlines the lost deterrent of our law-enforcement authorities. Where police are unwilling to enter, hostile pockets of potentially lethal danger are created for anyone who unintentionally wanders in.” The editor feels that changing the mindset of Palestinian Arab hostility to Jews will be a lengthy and protracted process, and therefore, until this goal is reached, “Israel’s law-enforcement hierarchy is obligated to protect ordinary Israelis from the violent consequences.”

Haaretz discusses a U.S. State Department report released this week, which found that Israel is not complying with U.S. standards for combating human trafficking, and states: “This is a shameful testimony to Israel’s deterioration in the realm of human rights in general and the rights of aliens and labor migrants in particular.” The editor contends that while “This ugly anomaly will not change overnight,” the government “must adopt the report’s recommendations to increase supervision and enforcement and revoke the law binding labor migrants to employers.”