Real Clear Israel: Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

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Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

19 Apr 2015

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

The Jerusalem Post confronts the issue of ethnic bias in Israeli society, specifically the derogatory references to right-wing voters that were expressed during and after the recent national elections, and asserts: “The notion that there must be something amiss with those who voted for candidates for whom a given political sector disapproves – indeed that political opponents ought to have their heads examined – carries within it the seeds of elitism and alienation and the makings of repeated political failure.” The editor remarks that “What is needed is genuine respect in lieu of demeaning and false characterizations,” and states that what we need is “more unaffected humility, acceptance of the other without sour grapes and plain good sportsmanship.” 

Haaretz notes that because the rabbinical court acts according to religious principles rather than the principles of equality to which the state is committed, it creates a fundamental problem when it sits on matters of personal status. The editor calls on the High Court of Justice to impose norms of equality on the rabbinical court, and states: “A system of marriage and divorce to which such prohibitions and lists apply is not compatible with the concepts of democracy and equality. Therefore, the essential struggle – which is more important than improving the situation in the rabbinical courts – is to separate religion from the state here in all realms, especially this one.”  

Yediot Aharonot discusses the intensification of Israel’s relationship with China on the backdrop of the question of the depth of US commitment and its increasing alienation towards Israel. The editor points out that “this does not change the fact that the current conditions are far from allowing Israel to replace its alliance with the US with close strategic relations with China,” but asserts that “Washington’s actions appear to be giving Israel plenty of reasons to strengthen its relationship with China, and deepen China’s presence in a region which was subject to America’s absolute influence up to not so long ago.” 

Yisrael Hayom warns of the volatile situation in Pakistan, in which the Taliban and other jihadist organizations are very dominant, and states: “A scenario in which Islamic groups seize power is not at all unrealistic, which means that a jihadist organization could achieve nuclear capability, supported by a population of 190 million people.” The author believes that “U.S. foreign policy contributes quite a bit to these murderous civil wars across the Muslim world and its support in Pakistan, while turning a blind eye to the volatile situation, joins the rest of the Obama administration’s dangerous moves,” and calls on the Israeli government to “warn the world of threat from the only nuclear Muslim country in the world, equipped with one hundred nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles with a range of approximately 2,500 miles — the distance between Pakistan’s western boundary and Israel.”  

Globes declares: “Russian president Vladimir Putin’s arms and oil deals expose the hollowness of Western policy on Iran,” and remarks that the only real alternative that now remains is “to live with an Iran capable of producing nuclear weapons.”  The author adds: “In January 2017 the administration in Washington will change. After this change, Israel and the US may well cooperate effectively in pursuing these strategies, along with the Sunni powers opposing Iranian regional plans.” 

[Yoram Evron, Ephraim Herrera and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Yisrael Hayom and Globes, respectively.]

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