Today’s issues: The shocking rise in anti-Semitism in the US, the public security minister must be relieved of his post, the modern blood libel against Benjamin Dreyfus, and the president’s three promises.
The Jerusalem Post discusses the notable rise in anti-Semitic events in general in the West during 2016, but is shocked by the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the US. The editor believes the government is not doing enough to confront this situation, and asserts that the incidents need “to be followed up with aggressive diplomatic action. Partnerships need to be forged and legislation needs to be passed. The real antidote to hatred is upholding a positive vision for mutual respect and understanding.”
Haaretz accuses Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich of “running a vile propaganda campaign based on lies and unproved assertions regarding the events in Umm al-Hiran – where a Bedouin Israeli wa s killed by police,” and declares: “It’s intolerable that a person in such a sensitive position during such a volatile period should be an agent of incitement and hate propaganda. It hasn’t even occurred to Erdan to retract his allegations and apologize. In such a situation, he is no longer worthy to remain in his post.”
Yediot Aharonot is saddened by the silence and detachment of politicians regarding the important issues that are on the agenda, and states: “While Likud members have rushed to support Netanyahu against the law enforcement authorities, the Left and the media, the party’s ministers are remaining silent about the prime minister’s investigations. While some believe Netanyahu already knows how the investigations will end, most of them are keeping their fingers crossed for an indictment.”
Israel Hayom reminds readers that “Trump comes to power with three impossible promises, which he repeated in his campaign speeches and particularly emphasized in his inauguration speech: to transfer power from Washington to the people, to put America first and to make America great again, meaning to return it to its former glory,” and declares: “Trump will need to choose between returning America to its former glory, which requires that the U.S. remain a central player in the international arena, and ‘America first.’ He may find he is unable to realize either one.”
[Sima Kadmon and Yossi Beilin wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.