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Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

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Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

Today’s issues: Presbyterian voice, welcoming the reconciliation with Turkey, in the face of all the risks, and the regional impact of normalization.

The Jerusalem Post discusses the call last week by the Presbyterian Church of the Unites States to pursue alternatives to the two-state solution and to study “the call from Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel,” and asserts: “Unfortunately, the Presbyterians, like some other progressive movements, once again, have shown how their sincere desire to defend the weak has been exploited by organizations with rabidly anti-Zionist and even anti-American agendas.”

Haaretz welcomes the reconciliation agreement with Turkey, and asserts: “Anyone who cares about Israel’s welfare, and not just reaping political capital, must support the agreement, which ought to be followed by a generous diplomatic initiative toward those who are missing from it – the Palestinian Authority and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas.”

Yediot Aharonot commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Operation Thunderbolt, the code name for the rescue operation of the hostages aboard Air France Flight 139 that was hijacked by terrorists to Entebbe, Uganda, in 1977, and, noting the testimonies of members of the rescue team that have only now been published, states: “Forty years later, the testimonies of the soldiers who fought in Entebbe demonstrate, more than anything else, the difference between a commando operation that turns into a fiasco and one remembered as legendary.”

Israel Hayom asserts that in a cost-benefit analysis of the Israel-Turkey reconciliation deal, both countries benefit from the success of resolving the strained relationship and putting it back on track. The author stresses that “the importance of the reconciliation deal between Israel and Turkey is less about Israeli-Turkish relations and more about Turkey,” and adds: “Turkey can no longer use the Israeli issue, in the name of Islam, to impose its will on the Arab and Muslim world. From now on, Turkey must be conscious of its limitations and its national interests, which often require restraint and pragmatism, and moreover, also commit it to dialogue with Israel.”

Ronen Bergman and Eyal Zisser wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.