Editorials from the Hebrew Press - July 17, 2003
Information Department, Israel Foreign Ministry - Jerusalem
SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
(Government Press Office)
17 July 2003
Ha'aretz - http://www.haaretz.com
Jerusalem Post - http://www.jpost.com
Ma'ariv - http://www.maariv.co.il
Yediot Aharonot - http://www.ynet.co.il
Hazofe - http://www.hazofe.co.il
Globes - http://www.globes.co.il
Ha'aretz writes: "There is a growing impression that the Palestinian
authorities, particular the security services, are making a greater
effort to foil attacks. There has been some attempt to collect illegal
weapons, security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians has
been restored after three years of no connection, and there has even
been a substantial reduction in what is defined as incitement in the
Palestinian media. This state of relative calm could lead to the wrong
conclusion that this is permanent, with no time limit. It would be best
to remember that the cease-fire is accompanied by conditions that make
obligations of Israel no less than those made to the Palestinian
Authority. Israel has an enormous interest in strengthening the
cease-fire, and especially Abbas' ability to rule. Foot dragging on the
prisoner releases, the suspension of the removal of outposts, and a
miserly approach to allowing freedom of movement are a guarantee of
achieving the opposite result."
Two papers discuss the rescue operation carried out by the Israeli
security services to free cab driver Eliyahu Gurel:
Yediot Aharonot says, "The commanders and fighters deserve every praise
for a flawless operation," and dismisses the comparison with the
operation to save kidnapped soldier Nachshon Waxman several years ago.
Hatzofeh congratulates the security services for their successful
efforts in freeing kidnapped cab driver Eliyahu Gurel. The editors point
out that the Palestinian Authority made no effort at all to help secure
Eliyahu Gurel's release and add, "This incident is yet further proof
that the Palestinian Authority is not prepared to take the necessary
steps to stop terror." The paper hopes that the Israeli government will
take this into consideration when implementing the road map.
The Jerusalem Post writes: "Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
Chairman Yuval Steinitz has submitted a bill that would keep volatile and
inflammatory politics away from the homes and families of public figures.
It is sad that our style of discourse has made his bill necessary.
Civility should not have to be imposed from above, with the blunt tool of
the law. Yet if this desirable state is not ingrained in our psyche, then
perhaps the law can instruct the citizenry that certain behavior cannot
be indulged and that even cabinet members are flesh and blood and have
families whose lives cannot be disrupted willfully, no matter how just
the cause. We hope the Steinitz bill becomes law and succeeds in altering
Yediot Aharonot, in its second editorial, muses that "the Knesset took a
huge step yesterday in its route to becoming the lowest place on earth"
when the Knesset House Committee voted that MKs should retain the
authority to decide whether or not to lift an MK's immunity.
Yediot Aharonot, in its third editorial, criticizes the US for imposing
impossible demands on those requesting visas to enter the country.
[Eitan Haber wrote today's editorial in Yediot Aharonot. Ma'ariv had no
editorial in today's edition.]