Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: The good news from Europe, yes to permitting freedom of speech in schools, winds of elections, and the academic answer to BDS efforts.
The Jerusalem Post notes that “Austria remains a country where the far Right polls well,” despite the defeat of far-right candidate Norbert Hofer in the Austrian presidential election, and asserts: “Europe faces an existential crisis. There is little to applaud in the Austrian election. The immediate impact on Israel and Jews in Europe is that the uncertainty will lead to empowerment, not only of antisemites on the continent and Islamist extremists, but also regimes such as that of Bashar Assad in Syria.”
Haaretz discusses the attempts by the Ministry of Education to prevent school lectures by former soldiers in the group Breaking the Silence, and determines that “They’re an attempt to create a chilling effect and deepen the de legitimization of the occupation’s opponents.” The editor asserts: “Members of organizations from the entire political spectrum can appear before the students, who can form their opinions based on the information they receive,” and declares: “The struggle over education is far from won. It needs educators with stature who won’t give in to [Minister of Education Naftali] Bennett’s ideological attempts at censorship.”
Yediot Aharonot comments on the tensions and restlessness in the Likud party and the resultant expectations for early elections, and states: “Experience has taught us that if there is anything that prompts early elections, it is mainly discussions of early elections. The crazies become crazier, the ideologists become more fanatic, and all of yesterday’s partners become today’s Knesset seat robbers.”
Israel Hayom comments on academic support of the BDS movement, and states: “When Israeli academic institutions like Sakhnin College work to promote diversity and excellence, we see victories in the battle against the academic boycott of Israel.”
[Sima Kadmon and Yasser Awad wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]