Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: Sharing the light, the forced uprooting of Bedouin communities, the Egyptian maestro and his Palestinian marionettes, and Iran is back in North Korea’s corner.
The Jerusalem Post reflects that this time of year, the interim of the High Holy Days, affords both the observant and the secular the annual opportunity to renew their commitment to the future of the Jewish people wherever they may live, and states: “The new calendars being hung in our homes signal the start of a new time, to be marked on a clean slate, with another chance to strive for unity, brotherhood, dialogue and the pursuit of social justice that is the ultimate justification – and sole condition for – both our right to our homeland and our duty to be a light to the other nations by our example.”
Haaretz comments on the petitions and counter petitions involving the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which became famous in 2009 for its school, built out of tires, and states that the petition to demolish the school is a political project, aimed at the forced uprooting of Bedouin communities and replacing them with new Jewish settlements. The editor points out that this is against international law, and adds: “[The petition] has reached the doorstep of the High Court justices, who are under constant pressure to ‘respect the will of the people’ – that is, the will of the settlers who control the government – even though this will is neither legal nor moral. It must be hoped the justices will be able to stand in the breach.”
Yediot Aharonot focuses on the virtuoso performance of the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate, General Khaled Fawzy, who is orchestrating an intra-Palestinian reconciliation, and asserts that “concessions made by Hamas following the Egyptian pressure will allow Abbas to get off his high horse, lift the sanctions and start funneling money to the strip again. Israel, on its part, should encourage the reconciliation process. If the economic situation in Gaza improves following this process, it will moderate the estimates of a possible military conflict.”
Israel Hayom comments on US President Trump’s opposition with the nuclear deal with Iran, and declares: “After eight years of Obama speeches and failures, Trump’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly signifies that new days are upon us.”
[Alex Fishman and Boaz Bismuth wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.