The different israeli newspapers give their views on various matters.
Three of today’s articles relates to yesterday’s Knesset approval of the "boycott law":
Yediot Aharonot reminds its readers that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was absent from the Knesset vote on the law, as were many other leading ministers, and believes that he failed to lead on the issue. The author says that "If Netanyahu thought that this law damages the State of Israel and its image as a democratic state, one would have expected the Prime Minister to have opposed it in the plenum like a man," and adds: "And if he favored it, he should not have allowed others to do the work; he should have attended the plenum and voted for it with his head held high."
Ma’ariv contends that "Those who support criminal sanctions on mistaken – even abhorrent, even offensive – ideas, give weapons to their enemies. The struggle against those who support boycotts must be waged in the field of public discourse. This is not easy. The falsehood industry is working overtime. But we must be grateful that it is far from victory. The achievements of the boycotters are negligible. But part of the Israeli Right seems intent on strengthening them."
The Jerusalem Post states that the boycott bill will “restrict freedom of expression in Israeli society by singling out for censure only those who sincerely believe – no matter how misguided this belief may be – that it is in Israel’s better interest to end the ‘occupation’ no matter what the potential security risks and sacrifice demanded of those slated for evacuation.” The editor feels that “Legislation that infringes freedom of expression is not the way to battle the local BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement,” and adds that “Attempts to legitimize Jewish presence in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem through the stifling of criticism may just achieve the opposite.”
Yisrael Hayom discusses the reports in which private investigators working for convicted rapist and ex-President Moshe Katsav are alleged to have harassed witnesses against him. The author notes that "Harassing witnesses belongs to that family of offenses, the ban on which is designed to preserve the integrity of the judicial process and prevent it from being obstructed."
Haaretz discusses the recent ‘cottage cheese protest’, and claims that the government’s attempt to reduce prices by reinstating price controls on a long list of basic food products and reducing value-added tax on food does not attack the fundamental problem, which is the lack of competition at every level of the food industry. Therefore, the editor contends, “if these are the measures the government decides to adopt, Israel’s first consumer protest is doomed to fail.”
[Sima Kadmon, Ben-Dror Yemini and Dr. Aviad Cohen wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]