Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press 1 March 2016

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Today's issues: Politics of war, darkness at the end of the tunnel, time for a clear decision on Gaza, and leave fighting and strategy to the military.

 

 

The Jerusalem Post discusses the State Comptroller’s report on Operation Protective Edge, and, noting the disconnect between the security cabinet on one hand and the prime minister and the security establishment on the other, states: “serious thought needs to be devoted to finding ways to neutralize the inherent tensions resulting from our political system, which have far-reaching implications for the decision-making process in the most secret of Israel’s forums, the security cabinet.”

 

Haaretz believes that the importance of the State Comptroller’s report on Operation Protective Edge “is in the well-known conclusion, the formal identification of the failures and mistakes, and as a guidebook for future military campaigns.&rd quo; The editor argues that “these conflicts are not a matter of fate; they have a solution and there are humane alternatives by which to maintain control on the ground until a comprehensive solution is found,” and asserts: “That is the effort the government must now make.”

 

Yediot Aharonot comments on Israel’s new proactive strategy regarding the Gaza Strip, which is obliging Hamas to internalize that Israel is dictating different rules of the game, and cautions that this may initiate a countdown “to another round which will take place, as Minister Yoav Galant predicted, this coming summer.” The editor asserts: “We shouldn’t wait for an uncontrolled deterioration,” and declares: “as part of the lessons being learned from Protective Edge, a clear political decision must be made on the direction we are headed in and on what we want from the Gaza Strip. That may be the way to avoid another commission of inquiry—or another state comptroller’s report—in a few months from now.”

 

Israel Hayom argues that the comptroller's report artificially reduces the disparity between what we would like and what we actually have, and declares: “Administrative questions fall under the auspices of the state comptroller, while matters of strategy and battle belong to the military, which is subject to decisions by the government.”

 

 [Alex Fishman and Gabi Avital wrote today's articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]