Ma’ariv opines that, "Each terrorist attack in the US is liable to alter the sense of a common fate with Israel to one of blame that American blood is being spilled because of the Middle East conflict."
Yisrael Hayom notes that, "Martin Indyk is reiterating his absurd claim that as long as Israel makes more concessions, the US will be able to neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat."
The Jerusalem Post comments on a bill proposed by MK David Rotem (Israel Beitenu) aimed at making it easier for some 350,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union and their offspring who are not Jewish according to Halacha, to convert to Judaism. "Non-Orthodox Jews are concerned that the bill, a product of political negotiations with Shas and United Torah Judaism, includes concessions to haredi interests that would extend to conversion the Orthodox monopoly that already exists over almost every aspect of religious authority," as "ror the first time in Israel’s history, Rotem’s bill states clearly that the Chief Rabbinate is authorized to ‘deal with’ conversions. Legislation is not the solution. As in the Diaspora, potential converts in Israel should be given the freedom to choose among the different streams of Judaism. They should be allowed to join the Jewish people in a way that feels right for them. The same holds true for other religious services presently monopolized by the Chief Rabbinate."
Haaretz comments on JCall, a new leftist European Jewish group, which has published a petition signed by more than 3,000 Jews calling for an end to the occupation and Israeli expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying: "Just as there was criticism of J Street in the United States, the veteran Jewish organizations in Europe have borne down on the new initiative, arguing that the petition will serve Israel’s enemies. Those who recruit Jews from the right to support their policies must honor the right of the Jewish left to express its views. The violent conflict between Israel and its neighbors and the suspension of peace talks have contributed to Diaspora Jewish communities’ increasing alienation from Israel. That trend is particularly noticeable among the youth."
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press. May 3, 2010
[Giora Eilander, Shmuel Rozner, and Isy Liebler wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]