Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: The PA’s riveting spreadsheets, on the way towards becoming a halakhic state, anti-Israel incitement starts at home, and Iron Dome against the lone wolf attacker.
The Jerusalem Post
is fascinated by the Palestinian Authority spreadsheets “that show precisely which convicted terrorists behind Israeli bars the PA subsidizes and at what level,” and remarks: “Normally rows and columns of financial data hardly make for a riveting read. But this case is a striking exception.” The editor notes that “It has long been known that the PA rewards the perpetrators of some of the most heinous atrocities against Israel civilians for their deeds,” and purveys the message to routinely indoctrinated and inflamed PA youth „that slaughtering Jews has unstinting societal sanction.” The editor states: “The PA ’s own paperwork shows unambiguously that tens of millions of dollars are shelled out every month to imprisoned terrorists and their relations – at a time in which Abbas moans that Ramallah can’t make ends meet,” and adds: “It’s the same Abbas who poses as a frustrated peace partner but cannot bring himself to condemn the premeditated stabbings of Israelis by his incited henchmen.”
notes that in the haze of the current security situation, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation is slated to consider a bill that would inject elements of Jewish law into Israeli law, in effect pushing Israel towards being a country that is governed by Jewish religious law, and asserts: “Beyond the message of extremism and coercion that the bill sends, it would strengthen questions about the legitimacy of Israel as a democratic country. The more evidence that Israel provides of its Jewish religious-state characteristics, particularly of the kind that imposes religious laws on residents who are not religious and not Jewish, the argument that Israel is a country that respects the rights of its citizens is substantially weakened.”
notes that the current wave of terror doesn’t have an organized leadership, and notes that precisely for that reason, “there is a chance that the calming messages will succeed in sending the knives back to the kitchen.” The author states that “before Israel complains that Abbas doesn’t want do anything and is failing to curb incitement in his home, Israel should look at what it is doing to stop the provocateurs holding Israeli identity cards. It should look at what it is doing against the leaders of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, and what it is doing against those rabbis and leaders of the Religious Zionism movement who have turned visits to the Temple Mount and the construction of the third temple into a patriotic act,” and appeals to the authorities to prevent the visit of Arab MKs to the Temple Mount, as this is simply the intent on their part to sabotage the calming of the situation.
believes that every Israeli citizen has the basic fundamental right to security, and notes that while the Iron Dome system is successful against rockets, what is needed now is a different type of Iron Dome, one able to ensure our safety against the lone wolf attacker. The author asserts: “The only thing needed is a massive army and police presence on the ground. This other Iron Dome needs to treat every attacker as if he or she were a rocket,” and concludes: “It’s still too early to know where this terror wave is headed. In such a situation, it’s best to be strong everywhere, at all points, across the entire country.”
[Alex Fishman and Boaz Bismuth wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]