Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot refers to the recent incident in which an Israeli couple were convicted

Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot refers to the recent incident in which an Israeli couple were convicted in Poland of stealing items from Auschwitz-Birkenau. The author regrets that „There is no limit to idiocy, brazen gall and the nadir to which people are capable of sinking,” and says that „It is a pity that the Polish judge in Cracow was so lenient towards these two Israelis who lack a conscience and did not send them to prison for several years.”

Ma’ariv believes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to curtail the privileges Hamas prisoners receive while held in Israel will stand a legal challenge before the High Court of Justice.  The author contends that „The revocation of privileges will be considered both legal and proportional.”

Yisrael Hayom asserts that „While the struggle for the release of Gilad Shalit is worthy and important, it has long since gone off its rails,” and adds that „Demonstrations opposite the Prime Minister’s Residence will not help because it is not the right address.”  The paper reminds its readers that „Shalit is not hidden in the basement on Balfour Street in Jerusalem.  It would be better if the Shalits and their media advisers would direct them towards the enemy, towards the goal: Encourage giant demonstrations opposite the UN offices in Israel, the ICRC offices, and perhaps the Egyptian and Jordanian embassies or the prisons in which Hamas’s prisoners are being held.”  The author believes that Israel cannot free the terrorists whose release Hamas is demanding, „even at the price of Gilad Shalit not being freed,” because „We cannot teach an enemy that murders civilians in terrorist attacks that he is a short-time prisoner.”  The paper urges a policy of eliminating terrorists and avers that „This is also the only way to prevent the next kidnapping and the possibility that another family might become like the Shalits.”

The Jerusalem Post wonders how to thwart Aryeh Deri, the Shas ex-minister and power broker who served two years in prison for bribe-taking and breach of trust and now seems poised o make a move to enter national politics. The editor states that while this is legal in Israel, “In other lands Deri would have stood no chance of returning to politics and gaining election,” but nevertheless feels that retroactive legislation that would amend the rules of the race with the runners almost at the start-line should not be enacted. The editor declares that “He should be rejected on cogent moral grounds by his own past disciples,” and adds: “That would be the only proper and convincing cap to his sordid political saga.”

Haaretz considers the bill submitted by MK Yaakov Katz (National Union) that would shorten the minimum period of time between the swearing-in of the Supreme Court president and their mandatory retirement, at age 70, from three years to two, to be problematic “because it is designed to guarantee that a specific justice will become president of the court.” Nevertheless, the editor states, “the bill is appropriate, because it reinforces the principle of seniority in selecting the Supreme Court president.”