Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

31 Oct 2005
Haaretz – Ma’ariv – Yediot Aharonot – Globes – Jerusalem Post – Hazofeh –

Haaretz comments: „The Sharon government remains in power thanks to the memory of the disengagement. If not for this, it would not have gained the backing of the Labor Party, nor would it have such a stable international credit line. If all that this government has to offer now is creativity in the security realm – including use of the well-known arsenal of such remedies against terror as assassinations, checkpoints, bombings and isolation, whose cost is many times greater than its benefit – it has no advantage over any other government. Longer-term thinking would require it to exploit the momentum created by the Gaza withdrawal in order to continue acting even when there is no one to talk to or nothing to talk about. Additional unilateral measures, of the type that will in any case be implemented in the future, should be moved forward and implemented now.”

The Jerusalem Post writes: „It is still unclear who was behind the terrorist attacks in New Delhi on Saturday which killed 61 people and wounded 200 others. An obscure Kashmiri group has claimed responsibility. We do know the attackers’ primary objective: to slaughter as many civilians as possible out shopping for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Our condolences go out to the families of the bereaved, as do our thoughts for a speedy recovery to the wounded… The larger lesson of this tragedy is that India is under attack from Muslim extremists – like Israel – not for anything it does or did, but for being a largely non-Muslim entity in a part of the world claimed by the Islamists.”

Hatzofeh calls attention to the plight of those who were uprooted from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria.