Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

To date, most of the officers and soldiers  

Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press
Yediot Aharonot remarks that „To date, most of the officers and soldiers suspected of the theft of classified documents from the IDF for political reasons have been, paradoxically, from the Religious-Zionist camp.  Regardless, all demands to screen soldiers according to their political leanings have been rejected outright – and rightly so.  Maintaining solidarity is much more important to Israel’s security than the damage caused by the theft of this or that military document.”
Ma’ariv reminds its readers that „In February 2008, at the height of the American election campaign, candidate Barack Obama sat with Jewish voters in Ohio.  The aim: To prove to them that he is a friend of Israel, to refute rumors of hostile advisors, a hidden agenda and surreptitious plans in the in the wings.  For example Obama wanted to placate the opinions of Jewish voters in the case of one, Zbigniew Brzezinski… who was Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor.”  The author notes that „Now he is advising Obama” and adds that „What is possible to surmise is this: Brzezinski has a voice that the Administration is interested in listening to.”  The paper concludes that „Either way, the pistol named Brzezinski was drawn this week from its holster and laid on the table.  Whoever continued to suspect Obama even after his denials throughout the campaign can now say that his suspicion has been vindicated, and that Obama’s believers were naive.”
Yisrael Hayom remarks that „Any Jew who considers it important to perpetuate the memory of the Holocaust, any Jew who wishes to express common fate and identity with his people – provides a victorious answer to the Nazis.”
The Jerusalem Post argues that the behavior of Haaretz in the Anat Kamm case deviates from acceptable journalistic practice, and stresses that „The Kamm drama touches on fundamental ethical dilemmas that face the State of Israel as it strives to maintain freedom of press while fighting adversaries that couldn’t care less about such an ideal.”  The editors wonders if the paper has adopted the radical agenda of some of its writers, who focus obsessively on Israel’s purported brutality while ignoring Palestinian terror, violence and incitement, and states that, in the aftermath of the Holocaust, „The Jews returned to their land not out of a desire to wage war with the Palestinian people, but out of a realization that they could rely on no one but themselves to survive. Six decades and countless battles later, Haaretz would do well to remind itself what is at stake if the security of the Jewish state is needlessly endangered.”
Haaretz protests that the new military order which will take effect this week, enabling the army to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank and prosecute them on infiltration charges, is going a step too far, and claims that „Implementing this new military order is not only likely to spark a new conflagration in the territories, it is liable to give the world clear-cut proof that Israel’s aim is a mass deportation of Palestinians from the West Bank.”