Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: Straight talk, Netanyahu, the online troll, the Azaria trial-more than we bargained for, and the Kurds, against all odds.
The Jerusalem Post contends that Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid made diplomatic history when he accused Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom of anti-Semitism at the Swedish Zionist Federation’s annual rally in Stockholm last week, and notes: “While many members of the diplomatic community were no doubt shocked by Lapid’s remarks, they brought a refreshing moment of moral clarity.”
Haaretz comments that PM Netanyahu was quick to spot political capital to be gained from thwarting a Tel Aviv municipality plan to allocate a school building for use by children of migrants and refugees, and states that this “highlights what has long been one of his main tactics – unraveling the complex fabric of Israeli society and inciting the various groups i n it against each other, usually while renouncing his own responsibility.”
Yediot Aharonot comments on the trial of Sgt. Elor Azaria, accused of shooting a wounded and unarmed Palestinian in Hebron, but notes that “the IDF is currently suffering such a monumental loss and the damage being done to it is so colossal that you cannot help but wonder where was IDF Chief Military Advocate General Brig. Gen. Sharon Afek when the judges suggested a mediation agreement.”
Israel Hayom focuses on Kurdish efforts to achieve self-determination and even the right to live in their own nation state on the backdrop of the current turmoil in Syria and Iraq, and states: “It appears the regional and global game is too big for the Kurds. When they are called to the table once the fighting ends, they are liable to discover they were invited to be part of the menu, not a fellow victor to feast on the spoils of war. But this is the painful reality in our region, and the Kurds are one of the more prominent examples of it.”
[Yossi Yehoshua and Eyal Zisser wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]