Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press
Today’s issues: A new Trump deal, the road to the next war in Syria, the Left has forgotten what it means to win elections, and a proportionate response.
The Jerusalem Post notes the mounting speculation about the possible consequences of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and notes that now would be an appropriate time for US President Donald Trump to allow Jonathan Pollard to immigrate to Israel. The editor adds: “Commuting Pollard’s parole would bring Trump a win/win deal,” and states: “It would be both a praiseworthy human gesture that would boost relations with US Jews and Israel, but it also would give him another victory over the perceived injustices of his predecessor, Barack Obama.”
Haaretz focuses on Friday night’s attack on a Syrian military base built by Iran, which foreign sources have attributed to Israel, appa rently hit a Syrian military base built by Iran, and notes that while Israel has no interest in entering into a direct confrontation with Iran or intervening in the Syrian civil war, nevertheless “Israelis have the right to know that their government isn’t dragging the country into another military adventure on the Syrian front.”
Yediot Aharonot comments on Labor leader Avi Gabbay’s recent comment that ‘the Left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish,’ and points out that it isn’t a comment about Judaism or a return to religion, but rather about security, and asserts: “The Left hasn’t forgotten what it means to be Jewish, but it has forgotten what it means to win elections. In Israel, you win elections with the help of security, not with the help of God.”
Israel Hayom comments on the salvo of mortar shells fired by Islamic Jihad at IDF forces operating near the Gaza border exactly 30 days after the IDF destroyed an Islamic Jihad terror tunnel leading into Israel, and states: “Islamic Jihad’s measured retaliation to the destruction of its terror tunnel and Israel’s equally measured response to the group’s mortar fire have made both sides breathe a sigh of relief, but the threat of rapid escalation still exists.”
[Amnon Abramovich and Yoav Limor wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.