REAL CLEAR ISRAEL Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Newsletter: Today’s issues: Mockery of the law, Israel must not help Sudan’s genocidal regime, time to look beyond the two-state plan, the Syria deal: A bridge to nowhere, and Israel’s public diplomacy is selling it short.

The Jerusalem Post refers to the mockery of the law that forms the basis of the government’s refusal to demolish the West Bank settlement outpost of Amona, which for the most part was built illegally on private Palestinian property, in accordance with a High Court of Justice ruling, and declares: “Amona has become much more than an isolated West Bank outpost built on Palestinian land. For much of the world – and for too many law-abiding Israeli citizens – it symbolizes a state whose government cannot enforce its own laws.”

Haaretz criticizes the “new, repugnant alliance is developing between Israel and Sudan,” a result of Sudan’s curtailing its relations with Iran and intent to prevent the transfer of weapons to the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip. The editor adds: “Israel as the advocate of a merciless, brutal regime further undermines its standing as a moral country and a strategic asset compared with other countries in the region,” and concludes: “A strategic ‘friendship’ with Sudan is not only a moral error. It would also probably trigger animosity with the enlightened world.”

Yediot Aharonot contends that “The difficulty in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is based on the fact that there has been only one plan on the table for 23 years now, and that plan is not attractive enough for either side,” and declares: “Albert Einstein asserted a long time ago that insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’—and the time has come to think about other solutions.”
Israel Hayom comments on the cease fire agreement in Syria, due to take effect on Monday, and notes that while the details of the agreement reveal a lack of real content and a near-zero chance of implementation, nevertheless “the American administration is desperate to portray at any price to the media and the public that there has been progress toward solving the Syrian crisis.” The author argues that “Russia is moving forward in its effort to attain the status of a leading superpower in the Middle East,” and states: “If the Russian attempt to host a meeting in Moscow between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas succeeds, it will only be further proof that to achieve results in the region, one must go through Moscow, and not Washington as in the past.”

Globes wonders why Israel does not exploit its technological prowess to bolster its image, and points out that “Not only is the Israeli government very bad at public diplomacy, it is dealing with hostile entities which are very good at it indeed.” The author argues that “The Israeli story is marvelous in many ways. The reality of its enemies is generally abysmal. The material is there, but it is not used,” and states: “While its enemies are busy creating a fantasy world out of lies and half-truths, Israel, with truth on its side, cannot construct a coherent propaganda strategy despite what should be a huge starting advantage.”

[Giora Eiland, Eyal Zisser and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]

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