Today’s issues: Righteous aliya, probe the investigators, Russia must take Israel’s interests in Syria into account, and the Saudi house of cards.
The Jerusalem Post discusses the probable deportation next week of Rebecca Floer, the Swedish daughter of a Holocaust survivor who has been living in northern Israel on a renewed tourist visa for the past three years and who has been denied Israeli citizenship, and asserts: “Rebecca Floer’s case shouldn’t require a High Court decision for her to become an Israeli citizen.”
Haaretz sharply criticizes the politicization of the way the legal system has been dealing with Breaking the Silence spokesman Dean Issacharoff’s claim he beat a Palestinian prisoner during his military service in Hebron and states: “The decision by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to add her official voice to the PR campaign by the extreme right-wing group Reservists on Duty with a call to investigate Issacharoff raised a black flag of illegitimacy over his investigation.” The editor further slams Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit’s willingness to cooperate with
“an unusual legal probe that reeked of politics from the start,” as well as the lack of professionalism exhibited by the state prosecutors, and attests: “Under these circumstances, it’s inconceivable that the same failed prosecution should reopen the investigation when a strong whiff of vengefulness and political bias emanates from it. It’s not Issacharoff who needs to be investigated, but his investigators.”
Yediot Aharonot comments on the summit due to take place in the Russian resort city of Sochi on Wednesday, organized by Russian President Vladimir Putin and with the participation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, where Syria will be divided into spheres of influence, and notes: “As Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan meet in Sochi to divide Syria into spheres of influence, Israel remains the leading element capable of spoiling the party. The day the Iranian-run airport in Syria is erased, all agreements will go up in the flames ignited on the Israeli-Syrian border.”
Israel Hayom cautions the Israeli defense establishment, warning it to be wary of building a strategic regional alliance with the Saudi regime, and states: “The biggest problem with the Saudi house of cards we are helping to create is that we will very soon be required to pay a high price for residing within it. There will be those who suggest ‘painful concessions,’ whether to the Palestinians or regarding the Golan Heights within the framework of a permanent settlement in Syria, in order to build trust with the Arab world. The eventual collapse of this house of cards will leave us yet again holding the joker.”
[Alex Fishman and Ofir Haivry wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.
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