Yediot Aharonot opines that „The circumstances of the death of Jawaher Abu Rahma, from Bil’in, this past weekend, are not clear.
The Palestinian version is full of holes and the Israeli investigation has yet to be completed. Despite that, since the decision by the Palestinian Authority to declare Jawaher a martyr, Israeli left-wing groups have adopted the Palestinian version as the whole truth. Skepticism and criticism, which are the guiding lights of the average democrat, have been turned exclusively towards IDF soldiers and their account.”
Ma’ariv provides that „Israeli-Syrian negotiations will lower pressure on Netanyahu and Assad, but it is hard to believe that it will disturb the intimate cooperation between Syria and Iran.”
Yisrael Hayom contends that the departure of Meretz MK Haim Oron from the political scene „is everybody’s loss. As a politician, Haim Oron was not a glowing success, but he was a devoted parliamentarian, and, first and foremost, he was a human being.”
The Jerusalem Post discusses the legacy of departing Mossad chief Meir Dagan, and notes that „Dagan’s rough-and-tumble stint was chock full of controversial operations that restored the Mossad’s public reputation for ruthless, bold actions.” The editor points out that „Dagan’s Mossad has focused principally on Iran – its nuclear weapons drive and its jihadist proxies Hamas and Hizbullah,” and is curious whether the Mossad was actually connected to the recent string of ‘setbacks’ to Iran’s nuclear program. Obviously, the editor states, „sabotage cannot delay the Iranians indefinitely. But it can buy time. Meir Dagan may have bought the free world a lot of that already.”
Haaretz notes the controversial death of a Palestinian woman at a recent demonstration in Bil’in, and declares that „The demonstrations at Bil’in, which have been going on since work to build the fence on village land began in February 2005, are entirely legitimate.” The editor calls on the IDF to allow the demonstrations to take place, and adds: „[The IDF] should act only when there is danger to life and property. And even then it should act as security forces do in democratic countries when there are demonstrations. Just as the settlers’ protests against the Gaza disengagement passed without deaths, so should the Palestinian protests against the fence pass.”