Summary of editorials from the Hebrew pressToday’s issues: The calm after the storm, the Chief of Police and Public Security Minister must both resign, the settler leaders should have been put on trial-not Azaria, and the Sinai interest.
The Jerusalem Post comments on the lenient sentence handed down to Pvt. Elor Azaria and declares: “A nation that has been split over the trial has yet to accept that justice has been served, but it is time to move on.” The editor believes that “Azaria’s conviction sends a clear message to his comrades in arms and to the entire nation: The IDF is a moral military force that abides by its core value of the purity of its arms and will not tolerate cases when soldiers take the law into their own hands as happened in Hebron last March,” and adds: “His conviction and sentencing will now resonate throughout the IDF. It is hoped that his conduct will not be repeated.”
Haaretz denounces the announcements made by Public Security Mi nister Gilad Erdan and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich immediately after the Umm al-Hiran incident and declares: “In view of the incitement and lies these two spread immediately after the events in the Bedouin village, whose houses were all destroyed, they can no longer remain in office. Erdan and Alsheich are the chiefs of Israel’s law enforcement authorities. It is intolerable that two men who incite and tell untruths like them should continue to head these important authorities.”
Yediot Aharonot contends: “It’s not Elor Azaria who should have been put on trial, it’s all the leaders of the Jewish settlement in Hebron throughout the years,” and asserts: “The trial should not have focused on morality in battle, but on the morality of their presence there.”
Israel Hayo m believes that ISIS has trained its sights on Israel because of the setbacks it has suffered in Iraq and Syria and Egypt’s crackdown on terrorism in Sinai, and states: “Despite Egypt’s efforts to eliminate terrorism in Sinai, there is still real concern that Islamic State will try to escalate its operations against Israel beyond rocket fire. Israel must prepare for this possibility and increase its collaboration with Egypt.”
Amnon Abromovich and Shaul Shay wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.