Today's issues: Trump’s support – a new challenge for Netanyahu, the absurdity of the anti-BDS Law, Israel’s war on Hezbollah’s accurate missiles, and the weaponization of threat.
The Jerusalem Post comments on the vacuum caused by PM Netanyahu’s apparent reticence concerning the Palestinian issue, and notes: “with a new US administration taking over that has announced it does not see settlements as an obstacle to peace, Netanyahu will find it increasingly difficult to ward off pressure from within in his own party, not to mention from Bayit Yehudi, to move forward with annexation.”
Haaretz notes that “The Knesset Interior Committee last week advanced a bill that, if passed, would forbid the granting of entry visas or residence permits to foreign nationals who have called for economic, cultural or academic boycotts of Israel or the settlements,” and argues: “If the bill indeed passes its final readin gs and is implemented, a ‘blacklist’ will be input into the border inspection computers and anyone appearing on it will be stopped at Ben-Gurion Airport. This, together with enforcement of the Anti-Boycott Law, which applies to Israeli citizens, will turn Israel into a model of McCarthyism.”
Yediot Aharonot believes that the strike attributed to the IAF in the Damascus area early Friday was aimed at destroying a shipment of accurate Iranian surface-to-surface missiles, which threaten most essential facilities in Israel, and states: “Experts say this is part of the war between wars, in which the IDF is supposedly trying to minimize casualties among the civilian population and damage the essential facilities in Israel, in case a war breaks out. It’s a Sisyphean battle which has to be waged constantly, as the other side is also finding ways and means to smuggle improved, high-quality weapons to Hezbollah. That is exactly what Israel is trying to thwart – both vis-à-vis Hezbollah and vis-à-vis Hamas.”
Israel Hayom comments on the Paris Conference and contends its intent was to impose an arrangement upon Israel that threatens its security, and warns: “The conference and its abhorrent decisions are final attempts by certain European countries in decline, in part due to the Islamist threat from within, to influence the international theater, but they can still inflict harm, even if not for long.”
[Ron Ben-Yishai and Reuven Berko wrote today's articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]