Summary of Editorials from the Izraeli Hebrew Press

Summary of Editorials from the Izraeli Hebrew Press


Yediot Aharonot suggests that „There is neither Right nor Left at the center of the political map: There is a debate over leadership, decision-making and priorities. The division between Right and Left is the refuge of those who are unsure of the leader they are proposing.”

Ma’ariv, on the anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, recalls: „Rabin’s famous statement, ‘I am leading’, personifies the obligation of leadership for involvement and creation of political and social change. The time has come to implement it once again.”

Yisrael Hayom writes that „The agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman was immediately acclaimed to be an ‘earthquake’. And similar to that physical phenomenon, waves of medium and weak tremors are now being detected on the political seismograph.”  The author maintains that „The intention to create political blocs is preferable, however it raises a problem: Will Yacimovich and Livni unite, and who will lead?”

Haaretz comments on the Likud’s merger with Yisrael Beiteinu, and notes that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a pact with a party whose leader is suspected of several serious crimes.” The editor believes that “In view of the senior position designated for Lieberman in the next government – if the united list forms it – the public must know whether Lieberman will have to exchange the foreign minister’s armchair for the defendants’ bench,” and asserts: “Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is fully responsible for removing the obstacle of Lieberman’s indictment from the voting public.”

The Jerusalem Post discusses the visit of the Emir of Qatar to Gaza last Tuesday, and states that the emir “has used his clout and wealth to bring to power and sustain Islamist forces that are fundamentally inimical to the West.” The editor points out that “the emir is clearly seen as meddling in the intra-Palestinian squabbles, putting his full political weight behind the utterly rejectionist Hamas,” and adds that by placing himself “in league with particularly fanatic forces,” he gives the lie to “Qatar’s purported moderation and peaceful inclinations.”