Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: Today’s issues: Triumph of debate, the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike is not only about a candy bar, Erdogan’s outburst, and the PA’s quandary.
The Jerusalem Post discusses The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference, which took place Sunday in New York, and notes that “the conference brought together Israeli and American political, religious and cultural leaders in an open forum that enabled divergent viewpoints to be expressed in a tolerant and respectful environment.”
Haaretz comments on the Palestinian prisoner’s hunger strike and the video released by the prison showing the leader of the strike, senior Fatah official Marwan Barghouti, eating in his cell, and the subsequent attempt by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to humiliate Barghouti and to divide the strikers and undermine their morale, and asserts: “Instead of trying to humiliate, divide and subdue the bodies and souls of the Palestinians to the sound of roaring laughter of the Israeli public, Erdan should order the Israel Prison Service to enter genuine negotiations with the prisoners’ leaders, as it has in the past, and to reach agreements and understandings. In the final analysis, the prisoners are not demanding their release, only an improvement in their conditions. Addressing their demands would avoid unnecessary pain and deaths.”
Yediot Aharonot approves of Jersualem’s sharp response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent vitriolic statements against Israel, and states: “The Turkish president’s surprising and slanderous attack against Israel could be motivated by any number of factors such as delays in energy deals, concern over Israel’s relations with Cyprus or loyalty to the Hamas cause.”
Israel Hayom notes that imprisoned Palestinian terrorists dictate the Palestinian Authority’s agenda, and demanding that PA President Abbas halt payments to them is unlikely to succeed. The author contends that “In the war over the Palestinian street, the one with the most prisoners on his side wins,” and adds: “Abbas would rather refuse Trump than be remembered as the Palestinian leader who forced Hamas to beat its swords into plowshares and made PLO operatives turn their spears into pruning hooks.”
[Itamar Eichner and Moshe Elad wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.