Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: Moving the the embassy, peace talks first – the embassy can wait, showing the Arabs who’s boss, the will of the people, and Donald Trump’s quixotic attempt at peace.
The Jerusalem Post comments on US President Donald Trump’s election vow to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, thus endearing himself to many Israelis, and states: “By taking a stand on an issue that clearly holds great emotional and symbolic significance for a great many Israelis, Trump would be implementing a huge confidence-boosting measure – one that would possibly enable the Israeli people to put some trust in his ability bring the two sides together and allow them to get behind a peace push that would require future, likely painful, concessions.”
Haaretz remarks on Sheldon Adelson’s hefty contributions to President Trump’s presidential campaign with the understanding that once elected Trump would move the American emb assy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and his subsequent anger with Trump for insolently presenting new conditions for the move, and asserts: “moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem is not a real-estate deal. It’s a very important diplomatic declaration that will be considered a unilateral move even before arrangements to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.”
Yediot Aharonot contends that the sole purpose of the Nationality Bill is to show Israel’s Arab citizens who’s boss, and explains: “The proposed legislation, which passed a preliminary Knesset reading last week, offers no dramatic changes and simply repeats things that already exist in the State of Israel’s different laws. Its main goal—giving Israel’s Arab citizens the finger—has already been achieved.”
Israel Hayom comments on the watershed Likud victory forty years ago in the May 1977 elections, which resulted in the election of a right-wing government after decades of left-wing hegemony, and states: “This political upheaval goes deeper than just Likud’s victory. The force of the earthquake was greater than just the opposition taking over the government for the first time. The deterioration of the Labor party was not just a result of the party’s perceived corruption or its failed handling of the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The people really had changed their minds.”
Globes notes that “President Trump, urged by Ron Lauder, has turned aside from much more significant matters, such as putting together a coalition to confront Iran and the terrorist organizations, to plunge into yet another quixotic quest to broker an agreement between two parties, neither of which wants it,” and, wary that this will only serve to divert his attention from more pressing matters, states: “With so much to be done in so many vital areas, it is truly tragic that both the US and Israel will waste so much time and so many resources tilting at the Palestinian windmill.”
[Sima Kadmon, Smadar Bat Adam and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.