Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press
Yediot Aharonot laments that „A decade since the withdrawal from Lebanon, one war, two kidnappings and one small guerrilla organization, which became one large guerrilla power – it seems to me that there is no one in Israel willing to look back, do some soul searching, and say that we made a mistake.”
Ma’ariv protests that „The State of Israel yelps to world leaders requesting help in the release of [kidnapped soldier] Gilad Shalit – but allows senior Hamas figure Muhammad Abu Tir to go free.”
Yisrael Hayom asks „What’s the point of boycotts and ostracisms?”  Author Yossi Beilin points out that „I am one of the stars of [Noam] Chomsky’s book.  He is convinced that I initiated Oslo in order to continue the occupation by other means.  On an unrelated note, preventing his entrance was a mistake.”
Nana10! sums-up the Iran-Turkey-Brazil nuclear agreement by saying that „History is full of futile attempts to create alternative agendas to that of the major powers.”  The author notes that Brazil, with Turkey at its side, „are not the first developing countries that have dared to believe, perhaps disillusioned, that they have the power to lead the world.”
The Jerusalem Post reflects on the atrocious human rights situation in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and notes that „An iron curtain of a strict theocracy is slowly descending on Gaza, but many human rights proponents still prefer to depict it as the embattled bastion of freedom fighters.” The editor adds: „Both foreign governments and NGOs, in their inaction, are signaling to Hamas that domestic oppression by its tyrannical regime is tolerable so far as the international community is concerned.”
Haaretz opposes the extension of the term in office of Shmuel Hollander, who has been civil service commissioner for 14 years and whose performance has been the focus of very critical reports by the state comptroller. The editor calls on Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to intervene, and to „thwart the extension of Hollander’s term and not leave this task to petitioners to the High Court of Justice