Summary of Editorials from the Izraeli Hebrew Press

Summary of Editorials from the Izraeli Hebrew Press


Yediot Aharonot
 asserts that „A centralized regime in Gaza is an Israeli interest, even if the address is a terrorist organization – Hamas. The reason is that a centralized regime had something to lose.” The author notes that „Anarchy in Gaza is bad for Israel; every terrorist organization and every sub-terrorist organization would fire at us whenever it felt like it, and we would not have an address to respond to. But, actually, that is precisely what is happening today: There is not one day of quiet in the south. Hamas enjoys the best of both worlds – continued terrorism and regime stability. Their leaders do not fear for their lives and they receive [state] visits like that of the ruler of Qatar or like that scheduled by the Prime Minister of Turkey.”Two newspapers comment on the current escalation in the south:

Yisrael Hayom says that „This is the red line. The course of events over the past two weeks, and especially of the past few days, has led Israel to a decisive crossroads: Whether to reconcile with the dangerous deterioration in our security reality adjacent to the Gaza Strip, or whether to lead to an escalation in an attempt to change the rules of the game. The security deterioration in the south has continued in increments over the past four years, since the end of Operation Cast Lead, but it has greatly intensified in the recent period. The time between one round of fighting to the next has shortened, the rounds have become more violent, and worst yet – following a long interval of sitting on the fence, Hamas has actively joined in the military action.”

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Ma’ariv declares that „The primary system is disappearing. The parties are preparing themselves to form their lists of candidates for the Knesset. The primary system, which has been the accepted system among democratic parties in Israel, is moving aside for the system of ‘organizing committees’ with which we were so disgusted in the 1950s and 60s.” The author contends that „Despite the disadvantages, primaries are the acceptable method in democratic states.”

The Jerusalem Post terms the Turkish trial in absentia of four IDF officers, including former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, for the 2010 deaths of nine Turks on the Mavi Marmara a “courtroom sham,” and states: “There is plainly no point to expect anything remotely objective of this bizarre Turkish extravaganza, least of all an unbiased quest for truth.” The editor opines that “The Jerusalem-Ankara partnership, for as long as it flourished, incontrovertibly served the interests of both sides,” and asserts: “Turkey did Israel no favors. Hence, by adopting its strikingly confrontational anti-Israel agenda, Turkey cuts off its nose to spite its face.”

Haaretz calls on politicians to “Leave Shimon Peres alone.” The editor explains: “In the eyes of leaders around the world, [Peres] represents the sane, wise, peace-loving Israel, an image that fell apart under successive arrogant and power-loving prime ministers,” and adds that nevertheless “he cannot, and should not, be treated like a trustee who can be called in to manage a failing company.”

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