Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot gibes, „Border Guard Officer Salman Amar saved the lives of over a hundred passengers who were trapped in the flaming train.





But according to dozens of ‘educators’, Jews are forbidden to rent him an apartment.”
Ma’ariv defends former Atty.-Gen. Meni Mazuz.  „The smart-alecks who excoriate Mazuz claim that the scope of the Katsav verdict dwarfs any plea-bargain.  They, of course, are prophets after the fact.  The plea bargain, which would have rid our political system of Katsav, was a necessary evil.  Not a good decision, but correct considering the time and the circumstances.  Luckily for us, Katsav forced Mazuz to abandon the plea bargain, and then the Atty.-Gen. made his big gamble and went for broke.  Thursday morning he won the entire pot.”
Yisrael Hayom quotes Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas who said, last week, that „‘No Israeli will remain in the territory of the Palestinian state.’  Not so long ago he had said, ‘No Jew’ – but he changed his wording, supposedly after they explained to him that it wasn’t politically correct. In any case, we can imagine how academics and our professional knights of morality would react if our President had declared that no Arab or Palestinian would remain in the territory of the State of Israel.”
The Jerusalem Post uses the death of Israeli soccer legend Avi Cohen to illustrate the problems caused by some Orthodox rabbis who aim to halt organ donations despite the donor having previously signed an ADI donor card, and recommends that „legislative steps be taken to ensure the ADI card carries the weight of a will.” The editor concludes: „The traits that made Cohen so admired in his lifetime led him to want to donate his organs after death. Unfortunately, a group of meddling rabbis blinded by fanaticism succeeded in preventing him from doing what he was convinced was the right thing. This betrayal must not be allowed to happen again.”
Haaretz states that „The conviction on serious sexual charges of former president Moshe Katsav reveals the weakness and the strength of Israeli society.” The editor adds that „The Katsav trial gives expression to a social change in relations between men and women which at its core reflects recognition of the right of a woman to say ‘no,”‘ and declares: „The verdict against the former president is not simply a verdict rendered in a criminal trial. It is also an important step on behalf of human rights. „


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