Summary of Editorials from the Izraeli Press

Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Two papers analyze the results of yesterday’s Kadima primary in which MK Shaul Mofaz ousted MK Tzipi Liv Two papers analyze the results of yesterday’s Kadima primary in which MK Shaul Mofaz ousted MK Tzipi Livni as party

Yediot Aharonot says: „This morning, Kadima is a different
                                party. What kind of Kadima it will be is difficult to say.  On the one hand, Livni’s fall is good news for the Labor Party and Lapid’s party.  There is no doubt that those among Livni’s supporters who would not even consider voting for a Mofaz-led Kadima will go to these parties.  Will this turn Kadima into a second Likud?  This is not certain.  It is doubtful whether Netanyahu was rattled yesterday when he heard the results.  A Mofaz-led Kadima is good news for the Likud just as it is for the left-wing parties.  Unless Mofaz proves otherwise.  If he is as he has promised, a fighting opposition to Netanyahu, and works to oust him.  His crude remarks against Netanyahu are designed to garner attention and turn himself into an alternative.  Mofaz will need to work hard in order to prove that he can do it.”

Ma’ariv commends Shaul Mofaz’s victory.  The author addresses him: „There is no doubt that this is a respectable political achievement, the kind that is good for the ego.  I can assure you that this euphoria will wear off quickly.  The fata morgana in which you and your party colleagues live may be called ‘the largest party in the Knesset’, but we live in Bibi-land and this reality will not change – and it does not matter how many political rabbits you try to pull out of the hat along the way.”  The paper notes that the leader of Kadima is also the leader of the opposition but predicts that „Shelly Yacimovich will inherit this title in the next  elections.”  The author says to Shaul Mofaz, „In the next Knesset, it is reasonable to assume that you will lead Kadima into single-digits.”


Yisrael Hayom declares that „When the number of victims in the uprising against Assad is almost 10,000, the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to investigate settlements is ridiculous,” but adds that nevertheless „It must be fought.”  The author urges the Government to reconsider the decision to sever ties with the UNHCR and avers that „Israel must go back and fight, and have its say, on this battlefield.”

The Jerusalem Post calls on the government to beware of Land Day, and asserts that “An international array of terrorist organizations . . .  have joined forces to make the 36th Land Day potentially the biggest – and most violent – ever.” The editor is hopeful that the IDF, the police and other security personnel have taken the necessary precautions to avoid the violent clashes that could ignite an already tense situation, and laments the fact that “Arab Israelis and Palestinians are so radicalized that they have no qualms in  joining forces with the likes of Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran rather than reconciling themselves to the existence of a Jewish state and learning to live in peace.”

Haaretz discusses the contradiction between Israel’s policy in the occupied areas and its declarations about seeking peace, and declares that even Israel’s most loyal allies, including Germany and the United States, blanch at “Israel’s long-running violation of its promise to evacuate the unauthorized outposts, particularly those built on stolen land.” The editor contends that “settlement expansion deals a mortal blow to grassroots Palestinian support for a two-state solution, and plays into the hands of the extremists,” and adds: “Only an irresponsible government could demand that the whole world boycott Iran, while itself boycotting the whole world.”

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