Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: Against the wall, bounty hunters needed, the Iranian wall of fire, and the only solutions lie outside the box.
The Jerusalem Post is hopeful that the High Court of Justice will decide to force the government to implement the compromise regarding the status of prayer at the Western Wall that was reached after three years of discussions and approved by the cabinet in January 2016, and states: “along with such legislation as the ‘Minimarkets Law’ that passed last week, and other Haredi-led bills as proof, it’s clear that the political blackmail that coalition members are implementing is not going to abate, especially amid Netanyahu’s criminal investigations, family scandals and general weakness within his own coalition. Thankfully, we have the court, which will, we hope, see things as they are, and as they should be.”
Haaretz slams the Population and Immigration Authority’s operation to deport asylum seekers, that includes offering a bounty to inspectors employed in this operation, and asserts: “With a little goodwill, Israel could easily have met its international and moral obligations and presented a plan to aid and absorb the asylum seekers, while dispersing them throughout the country to make life easier for residents of south Tel Aviv, at least until it’s safe for them to return to their own countries. With a minimal amount of empathy, Israel could have shown the world that it behaves differently than the world behaved toward Jewish refugees who sought asylum and were answered with a slammed door, in the best case. But in Israel, empathy and goodwill are apparently reserved for Jews only.”
Yediot Aharonot contends that Israel is currently engaged in a military conflict against the Iranian military force that is entrenching itself in Syria, and argues: “The Iranians plan to translate the victory in Syria into economic, and mainly strategic, achievements. Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, stated that—according to the Iranian strategy—Israel is no longer perceived as a threat, as Hezbollah has an advantage over it. Whether true or not, the Iranians believe it and are acting accordingly, presenting a top political and security challenge to the Israeli government.”
Israel Hayom discusses an alleged proposal by Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2014 to swap land with the Palestinians, whereby Israel would annex the large settlement blocs and the Palestinians would receive land in Sinai adjacent to the Gaza Strip from the Egyptians, and asserts: “Only a significant expansion of the territory earmarked for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict – to include Jordan and Sinai – can facilitate real compromise rather than damning the sides to a zero-sum territorial game.”
[Alex Fishman and Uri Heitner wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.