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Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – September 5th, 2011

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Three papers continue to comment on the publication of the Palmer Report and its impact on Israel-Turkey relations:
Yediot Aharonot remarks that, "No one in the Israeli Government can say that he was surprised. Turkey warned over and over again what would happen if an Israeli apology was not forthcoming. Israel had every right not to apologize – but now it must cope with the results. The punch is hard and painful, but we took it wholeheartedly."
The Jerusalem Post writes: "The Palmer Report’s findings clearly find fault with Turkey for implicitly supporting the flotilla, and reject outright Ankara’s claim that the naval blockade on Gaza – designed to prevent the smuggling of arms and ammunition by Hamas, a terrorist organization that maintains ties with Turkey – is in any way illegal. Yet, in a supreme act of chutzpah, it is Turkey – not Israel – that is now using the Palmer Report to justify a series of actions meant to hurt relations between the two countries. As long as Ankara adopts a bellicose approach apparently aimed at riding the wave of anti-Israel sentiment so prevalent in the region, there is not much Jerusalem can do to facilitate rapprochement – except to stick to its position and wait for a change in Turkish diplomacy."
Yisrael Hayom says, "Long before the publication of the Palmer Report and the prior leaks of its contents, the real reason for Turkey’s demand that Israel apologize and its request to delay the report was obvious. Already then it was clear that the Palmer report unilaterally accepted Israel’s claim regarding the legality of the maritime blockade on Gaza, and even determined that Turkey did not do enough to prevent the participation of the extremists on board the Mavi Marmara. Turkey understood that after the report’s publication, there would be no chance of extracting an apology from Israel, and they opened a diplomatic offensive." The author concludes that "The Palmer Report sheds light upon the extreme isolation to which Erdogan has navigated Turkey. Only continued diplomatic pressure on Ankara will bring about a change of policy and, in the long term, an improvement in relations with Israel as well."
Ma’ariv notes that, "September has already arrived." The author contends that "The Palestinian agenda will play out in October, in which the [Jewish] holidays will fall. Thus, this year the saying ‘after the holidays’ will have a whole new meaning."
Haaretz comments on the resolution of the doctors’ strike: "The agreement that was achieved is a just agreement both economically and socially. The sweeping understanding with which the public accepted the strike has proved that it respects doctors and values their work. The same public also now understands that the doctors have received a far larger raise than any other group of workers in the public sector. "
[Alon Liel, Ben Caspit and Eli Avidar wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]

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