Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: Ambassador Friedman, slam-dunking the consumer, Mosul, Gaza and the world’s hypocrisy, and Hamas is vengeful – but wary.
The Jerusalem Post discusses the confirmation of the new US ambassador to Israel by the US Senate, and notes that while the new ambassador, David Friedman, has made a number of problematic statements in the past, “he should be allowed a grace period to prove himself as an ambassador who is open to hearing all sides of Israeli society as he promotes the policies of his boss, President Donald Trump.”
Haaretz slams the government for increasing centralization of content in the television market, specifically with regard to sports programs that are in particularly high demand, and expresses concern that consumers will be harmed. The editor contends: “the MKs acted against the public interest and blocked a reform that would have benefited consumers, ” and states: “The MKs’ behavior raises many questions about what pressures or temptations might have been behind their astounding decisions.”
Yediot Aharonot notes the large number of casualties in conflicts around the world, which are largely ignored, and states: “ISIS learned from Hamas how to use civilian populations as human shields. While hundreds of civilians have been killed in US-led airstrikes in Iraq, there have been absolutely no protests and no claims of ‘war crimes.’ Those are reserved for one country only—Israel.”
Israel Hayom notes the escalation in tension between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and examines the likelihood of another flare-up in the near future. The author believes that “The expectation of a war this summer is natural, but it would be best for Hamas to not get dragged into a violent conflict at this stage,” but warns that if one should nevertheless take place, “Hamas will probably respond with measures we have not seen before. The movement is strong enough to carry out a chain of attacks in the West Bank, as well, as long as this does not entangle Gaza in a new conflict.”
[Ben-Dror Yemini and Moshe Elad wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.