Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot notes that „Meir Dagan, until recently the Director of the Mossad, said that an Israeli military operation


Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot notes that „Meir Dagan, until recently the Director of the Mossad, said that an Israeli military operation against Iranian nuclear facilities would be folly.  Beyond the unpleasantness of having someone who had very recently been in such an important role saying things so decisively on the subject, it is proper to reflect nevertheless, on all of the circumstances under which it would be folly.”  The author ponders, „Is it possible to say in all certainty that in every scenario, it would be better for Israel to reconcile itself with nuclear weapons in Iran as opposed to realizing a military option (supposing that one really exists)?”

Ma’ariv remarks „True, the American public, as a rule, supports Israel.  But we are not talking about support made from one solid mass.  The more that voters support Obama, so decreases their propensity to identify with the Jewish state.”

Yisrael Hayom is convinced that „The supporters of a military operation against Iran are living in a dream as if we were in 1981, and not in 2011.  The stance taken by the disparaged [former Mossad chief Meir] Dagan – who envisions the future war against Israel that would result from an attack on Iran – is justified.”

The Jerusalem Post asserts that the results of the recent elections in Turkey clearly show that the country is on the verge of autocracy, and states that “Erdogan’s anti-Israel rhetoric cannot be seen in isolation from his oppressive policies at home and his pursuit of Islamist allies abroad.” The editor notes that “It is almost axiomatic that Turkey’s relations with the Middle East’s only democracy suffer as Erdogan moves his country away from democracy toward an Islamic-inspired autocracy.”

Haaretz discusses the pending decision of the State Prosecutor’s Office on the subject of whether Haaretz reporter Uri Blau will face charges of ‘possession of secret information by an unauthorized individual (without intent to undermine state security),’ and states that “Trying a journalist for fulfilling his professional mission would constitute a stain on Israeli democracy and do critical harm to freedom of

 

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