Summary of Editorials from the Izraeli Press

Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Ma’ariv suggests that the use of the word „round”, as in „the current round” and „the next round”, regarding the situation in the south attests to „a major strategic failure for the State of Israel.”  The author notes that in regard to the northern border, the term is not used and adds that „This is because the Second Lebanon War, despite the fact that the IDF racked up many failures in it, led to one strategic achievement: A quiet border, continuing deterrence and Nasrallah in a bunker.”  The paper admits that Hezbollah has greatly increased its arsenal, but asserts that „the blows it took from the Israeli Air Force were strong enough to neutralize it from any desire for further ’rounds’ such as were before the war.”  The author believes that „Netanyahu’s and Barak’s pragmatism regarding the Palestinians, which stems from their focusing on Iran, has led to an acceptance of the GRADs,” and adds that „This wil! l continue until Tel Aviv is attacked.” Yediot Aharonot believes that the recent New York Times story that US intelligence and the Mossad are in agreement that the Iranian leadership has yet to decide to produce a nuclear
bomb „may have been filed by the White House Spin Department.”  While the author asserts that both Washington and Jerusalem are engaged in active manipulation and spin, he nevertheless states that „Manipulations conceal the main argument – and the argument is not over facts.  If Israel wants to attack by itself, its timetable is short.  The Americans, if they want to attack, will be able to do so even in the next year or two.  Israel does not believe that the US will go to war against Iran despite Obama’s promises.  Moreover, Israel fears that if its window of opportunity for an attack closes, it will thereby lose a vital lever with which to pressure the American administration into acting against Iran.”

Yisrael Hayom says that the latest sanctions on Iran, in which the European Union cut off Tehran from the Brussels-based SWIFT global financial clearinghouse, „is more significant than the European Union’s planned oil embargo against Iran, which is due to take effect on July 1.  This is because Iran will be unable to survive for very long without the ability to carry out international transactions, and the latest European decision is a mortal blow.  It is only left to argue over whether if it is enough to bring Iran to change its policy.”

The Jerusalem Post examines the possibility of bringing the remaining surviving Nazi’s who served in the death camps during the Holocaust and their helpers to justice, in light of the recent death at age 92 of John ‘Ivan’ Demjanjuk. Tried in Israel as “‘Ivan the Terrible,’ a notorious prison guard at the Treblinka extermination camp” Demjajuk was sentenced to death by hanging. While the Israeli Supreme Court overturned his original sentence, he was eventually convicting in Germany “for helping to murder 28,000 Jews as a guard at the Sobibor extermination camp.” According to the editor, the German ruling sets an important precedent: “In the past it was necessary to prove responsibility for a specific death to convict a Nazi war criminal,”   but the new ruling allows that “even serving as an accessory to murder is a punishable crime.”  The editor is hopeful that this verdict will enable authorities to put the s! urviving Nazis and their helpers who served in one of the ‘death factories’ on trial, despite the limitations of justice.

Haaretz discusses the bill, supported by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, “that would make permanent a temporary order exempting the Israel Police from having to record interrogations of persons suspected of committing security offenses.” Claiming that “This is a bad and indeed dangerous proposal,” the editor warns that “It is only in darker regimes that such interrogations are carried out in secret, far from public scrutiny and without proper documentation.”   The editor avows: “Israel must not join such a community of nations,” and calls on the Cabinet to “shelve this outrageous bill, which has no place in any democratic regime.”