Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Two papers discuss the continuing controversy over Anat Kam and Haaretz journalist Uri Blau:
Yediot Aharonot suggests that if Anat Kam „had, in the framework of her service in the general’s office, an isolated document attesting to approval for the murder of innocents, she should have certainly acted to bring this to the authorities in any way possible.”  The author avers that „But Kam copied – according to suspicion – thousands of classified documents, in a pattern that suggests a self-serving nature, and transferred them not in an armored safe but any which way she could, as if they were episodes of The Sopranos, and gave them not the State Comptroller or the Police, but to the press.”
Ma’ariv believes that „Anat Kam herself is less important given the widespread phenomenon, in recent years, of other revelations involving Israel’s extreme left.  For example, Israelis who gave false testimony to the Goldstone commission; Israelis who have accused – and are accusing – the State of Israel overseas of perpetrating war crimes; those who take part in the issuing of arrest warrants against Israeli leaders and soldiers abroad; and those who call for boycotts abroad.”  The author calls for Anat Kam and her cohorts to be dealt with the utmost severity of the law and declares that „This is what must be done to those who drill holes in the hull of our common boat, ostensibly in defense of sacred universal values.”
Yisrael Hayom notes that Peace Now and its Secretary-General, Yariv Oppenheimer, have sought to amend their petition to the High Court of Justice that twelve homes in the community of Eli be demolished, so as to temporarily exempt two homes belonging to the families of fallen IDF soldiers Ro’i Klein and Eliraz Peretz.  The author says that „Oppenheimer understands that his movement has long since lost the battle for public opinion, is seen as a pest whose admirers are only in the media, and is liable to suffer further damage if its petition is seen to harm the families of the fallen.”
The Jerusalem Post discusses the dire plight of the Israeli educational system and its resultant influence on Israeli society, and states that „growing segments of our society are ill-equipped to participate in modern economic processes. Being left behind doesn’t just impact them and play havoc with our national statistics. It also costs the productive members of society heavily, forcing a diminishing population segment to support those who don’t pull their weight.” People who continue to receive handouts have little incentive to be productive; therefore, the vicious circle must be broken for the benefit of the country as a whole. The editor notes, however, that this „demands extraordinary political courage. It’s doubtful any conceivable current coalition can muster it. But where there’s no will, there’s no way – and, for the sake of Israel’s future, a way must be found.”
Haaretz declares that by banning the visit to Lebanon of Israeli-Arab author Ala Hlehel’s to receive a prestigious literary prize, PM Netanyahu and Minister of the Interior Yishai have relegated Israel to the coalition of the ignorant.  Praising the author for not throwing up his hands in surrender and appealing to the High Court of Justice, thus being allowed to ravel, the editor states that „The ministers of education and culture would do well to congratulate Hlehel on his award and the members of the jury on their choice.”