Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: Obama’s last hurrah, bank’s apology is insufficient, the blatantly illegal order of the ‘regulation bill,’ Florida, the possible tie-breaker, and holding out against prevailing entropy.
The Jerusalem Post is concerned that US President Barak Obama will attempt to leave a concrete Middle East policy legacy by means of setting down parameters for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement in a US-supported UN Security Council resolution, and warns: “Palestinians are unprepared for statehood: not because they lack land, a capital or the other trappings of statehood, but because the Palestinians are unable to solve their own differences through cooperation and peaceful politics.” The editor argues that “Taking steps to create a Palestinian state with its own borders and a capital before solving the more fundamental problems within Palestinian society is a recipe for disaster,” and asserts: “It would likely help create yet another failed state in the Middle East that would be a magnet for Islamic extremism, and an existential danger to the State of Israel.”
Haaretz comments on the worrisome behavior of Bank Hapoalim, one of Israel’s largest banks, especially with regard to the sexual harassment accusation against the bank’s former CEO, which “was closed in arbitration between the bank and the complainant, without its being reported to the bank’s board of directors, the Supervisor of Banks in the Bank of Israel, the Israel Securities Authority or the police,” and states: “It is surprising that a bank which is also a public company traded on the stock exchange, and thus is fed by the public’s money while having the responsibility of watching over these funds, operates in the shadows when a senior employee is entangled in such accusations.” The editor calls for an in depth investigation with the goal of uprooting improper norms of behavior, and ass erts: “if this means the firing of senior executives, including the chairman, Seroussi, then there must be no hesitation, and Bank Hapoalim should be allowed to cleanse itself and start on a new path.”
Yediot Aharonot attacks the ministers and Knesset members who initiated the so-called ‘regulation bill,’ that would legalize Amona and other such outposts in the West Bank, and states that “if the law passes in one cunning way or another, every person whose work involves the implementation of this law must disobey the orders he receives—whatever the cost the regime exacts of him. He would have to insist that he could not obey a blatantly illegal order.”
Israel Hayom discusses the importance of the Jewish vote in the US elections, taking into account the elementary correlation that still exists between the Democratic Party’s core policies on a wide range of internal issues and the views of a large portion of the Jewish public, and states: “From a strategic standpoint, the importance of this voting sector has somewhat diminished because some of the larger Jewish concentrations, so integral to crucial swing states such as New York and New Jersey, are now deep in the Democratic pocket. In this regard, Florida alone remains a critical electoral asset. Ironically, the Jewish vote in Florida (some 5.5% of the electorate) could be the tie-breaker in this dramatic fight to the finish.”
Globes comments on the unprecedented social and economic entropic tendencies that are at work around the globe, and states: “Of all the countries of the world, only tiny Israel and huge India along with a handful of others may be said to be effectively countering the pervasive entropy while upholding political and economic freedom.”
Yaron London, Abraham Ben-Zvi and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.