Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: Balfour and Hitler, it’s time to lift the Gaza blockade, the Rabin memorial, Watergate redux, and the Kurdish tragedy.
The Jerusalem Post comments on the Palestinian Authority’s demonstrative rejection of the Balfour Declaration, which “shows that our neighbors in the land still refuse to recognize Israel’s existence and casts further doubt on the possibility of ever achieving peace with them,” and asserts that while the Palestinians continue to contend that the Balfour Declaration is ‘the most horrible crime in the history of mankind,’ “The truly horrible historic crime is the Palestinians’ ongoing repetition of their deluded denial of Israel’s existence and their refusal to make peace.”
Haaretz discusses the Palestinian reconciliation and the pending transfer of control of the Gaza border crossings from Hamas to the Palestinian Authority, and declares: “A decade after the blockade was imposed, Palestinian reconciliation offers a new opportunity for Israel to update its policy toward the Palestinian leadership. Hamas is showing willingness to stop the rocket fire and fight rebel organizations in the Strip; Egypt, Israel’s partner in the war on terror, is extending a wary hand to Hamas; and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas’ bitter enemy, is ready to start a new relationship. Israel can and must join this initiative, lift the unnecessary blockade and recognize any Palestinian government that is established.”
Yediot Aharonot believes the Yitzhak Rabin memorial ceremony should be held in the spirit of dialogue rather than as an excuse for finger-pointing, and states: “A memorial day can’t be institutionalized for long if all people want is to feel that they are ‘right’ once a year. The main lesson from Rabin’s murder is to know how to argue and to remember the damaging potential of not knowing how to do that.”
Israel Hayom comments on the vigorous activity of the U.S. Justice Department investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections, and, noting similarities to the 1974 Watergate investigation, declares: “Expectations that the ‘Putingate’ scandal will result in U.S. President Donald Trump’s resignation or impeachment, when circumstances and events differ so vastly from what transpired in Richard Nixon’s White House four decades ago, seem a bit far-fetched.”
Globes  ;asserts: “A Kurd leader’s hubris, and US and European pusillanimity, have led to Iranian triumph in Iraq,” and criticizes the US and European governments for their counterproductive attitude towards the Kurds. Arguing that it is precisely the Kurds who present the best chance of forming a barrier to the Iranian creation of a bridge of client-states between Iran and Lebanon, the author remains optimistic with regard to the Israeli position: “Hopefully something can be salvaged from the wreckage, especially now that Massoud Barzani has resigned as KRG president. Perhaps also Israel may be able to play a role in picking up the pieces. Time will tell.”
[Yoaz Hendel, Ephraim Ben-Zvi and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.