Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: Iran in Syria, targeting the ‘New Likudniks,’ we didn’t retreat; we gave it up for peace, and on Kremlin friendship.
The Jerusalem Post comments on Israel’s concerning regarding the difficulties in curbing Iranian military presence in Syria, a presence which gives Iran an opportunity to establish a new center of influence, not through proxies, as is the case in Gaza, Lebanon or Yemen, but directly by having Iranian forces on the ground, and states: “In the end and like in the past, this may be a case of Israel not being able to rely on anyone but itself. Israel has proven its readiness to act in Syria over the last five years. It may need to continue doing so.”
Haaretz discusses the campaign of delegitimization being waged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and MK David Bitan against the ‘New Likudniks’ gro up, which is gaining strength within Likud, and declares: “the attempt to keep the ‘New Likudniks’ out of the party indicates the degree to which the party’s anti-democratic tendencies have deepened under Netanyahu’s leadership.”
Yediot Aharonot believes that Israel should stop perceiving itself as ‘the cock of the walk’ who can never surrender or lose in battle, and give up territories for peace: “Just like in Sinai, Israel should discard its tough guy attitude and relinquish what will be handed over anyway. Enough hiding behind such terms as ‘disengagement’ or ‘evacuation’—for could there be a nobler choice than the decision to let go for peace?”
Israel Hayom summarizes Israel’s historic relations with Moscow, which have resulted in a thaw that gives Israel a vital security net, and notes: “As the U.S. signals its ongoing disengagement from the Middle East, the ties between Israel and Russia take on special importance.”
[Eitan Haber and Abraham Ben-Zvi wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.