Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: India and Israel, it’s time for statesmanship for a change, one side’s bravery is the other’s humiliation, and when old conventions fall.
The Jerusalem Post comments on the improvement in India’s relationship with Israel in recent years, and asserts that “Part of it has to do with a change in Israel’s standing in the Middle East. The Sunni-Shi’ite divide has created alliances between Israel and countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.” The editor adds that while “Israel has infinitely more to offer India in the way of technologies and know-how than all the Arab countries combined, Israel and India also share values and goals, as well as a common enemy – Islamist extremism,” and for that reason, ties between the two countries go much deeper than ties that are just about military and technology cooperation.
Haaretz discusses the list of 25 Supreme Court candidates published earlier this week by the Justice Ministry, and notes that “Even in these dark days, when the political system views substantive considerations as extraneous ones, and especially when it comes to the legal system, the following needs to be remembered: Judges, especially Supreme Court justices, must be appointed solely on the basis of their excellence and professionalism.” The editor argues that regardless of which judges Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked seeks to appoint, “the next time the High Court of Justice issues a ruling she doesn’t like, she will once again view the bench as a gang of leftists from Jerusalem’s tony Rehavia neighborhood,” and states that the politicians “would do better to internalize the appropriate standards for appointing justices to our highest court. We must hope they disprove our fears that they aren’t capable of risin g to the level necessary for a decision of this nature and, for a change, adopt a statesmanlike approach.”
Yediot Aharonot focuses on Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old girl from a small village in the Ramallah Governorate who was indicted for slapping a soldier, and states: “ Her case isn’t unusual, but the unusual attention it has received exposes the distortions of the occupation. There are separate legal systems in the territories: The Arabs are prosecuted in military courts, the Jews in civil courts.” Noting the discrimination that results in Jews with similar offences receiving lighter sentences, the author adds: Tamimi can be a hero on social media, but in court she has to be judged for her actions. Just like Elor Azaria.”
Is rael Hayom discusses the erosion of Palestinian power that is reducing the validity of the Palestinian narrative and notes: “[The Palestinians] are approaching a decisive juncture and must decide whether to cling to their rejectionist policies and armed struggle – amplifying their anti-Israel activities and exacerbating tensions with the Trump administration until things blow over (while sustaining the blow of an aid cut to continue paying terrorists’ salaries) – or come to terms with the new reality and the consequences of their limitations.”
[Nahum Barnea and Yossi Kuperwasser wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.