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Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – September 14th, 2011

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Two papers discuss various issues regarding Israeli-Turkish-Egyptian relations in light of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s current visit to Cairo:
Yediot Aharonot urges its readers to "pay attention to the itinerary of the ‘historic’ tour that he has set for himself in the Arab world: Only Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, which continue to absorb the blows of the ‘Arab Spring’ and which are fully exposed in the weakness of their regimes. There are neither institutions nor employment. The investors have fled, along with the tourists, and the economic crisis is at its peak. The Arab weakness squares with Erdogan’s megalomania." The author accuses him of crudely appealing to "the lowest common denominator" of the Arab street, i.e. anti-Israel sentiments. The paper believes that "Turkey was not allowed to join the EU? Now Erdogan is finding new allies that aspire to a new type of leader in the Islamic world." The author wonders what Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and the US think of his ambitions.
Yisrael Hayom refers to Erdogan’s "very aggressive" remarks to the Arab League yesterday and ventures that, "He would not have dared make such a speech to the American Congress." The author says, "As expected, Erdogan has continued the deterioration in relations with Israel," and asserts that, "he also knows how to exploit situations so well that there are those who say that ‘opportunism’ is a Turkish word; September 20 is approaching and Erdogan has become a lobbyist for a Palestinian state." The paper asserts, "Perhaps this is the time to remind Erdogan that with all due respect to Turkey and the Ottoman Empire that he would like to restore, that it is Israel, which he reviles, that has paved the Palestinians’ way to a state." The author surmises that "Egypt did not love Erdogan’s appearance and not just because Egypt is a full partner in the blockade of Gaza," but because "like Egypt itself, the Military Council is still not ripe for democracy and Erdogan, with the Turkish-Islamic democratic model, is only stirring up the masses." The author concludes: "It is reasonable to assume that Erdogan will not ask the Egyptian street to apologize to him for comparing him to Saladin. What can he do? The man, who treated his Crusader enemies – it must be said – with dignity, was Kurdish."
The Jerusalem Post comments on the Labor primaries held this week: "The once powerful political party has for some time now embarked on a steady process of mostly self-inflicted political atrophy. Monday’s primaries were the latest chapter in this deterioration." Neither Shelly Yacimovich nor Amir Peretz, the two finalists who will face off next week, " are serious contenders to become the Jewish state’s next prime minister. Unlike David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir or other iconic Labor leaders who were unabashed advocates of strong Jewish nationalism, today’s party leaders seem to have precious little to say about Zionism. As a result of all this, Labor has gradually pushed itself outside the Israeli consensus."
Haaretz writes: "Extremist settlers in the West Bank and their allies inside Israel have in recent years been acting with violence toward government, army and security authorities, as well as toward Palestinians and Israelis whose political views differ from those of the "hilltop youth." The official tendency to regard these gangs as a nuisance rather than an actual threat has to be shelved. The Palestinian effort to achieve independence will next week reach one of its peaks, at the United Nations and in the field. The leaderships of both sides must not only behave with moderation themselves but must also restrain the citizens whose actions are likely to lead to an escalation. The Shin Bet must now embark on a preemptive operation before Israelis and Palestinians pay a price for this vacillation."
Ma’ariv suggests that "while the ban in [orthodox] Jewish law on hearing women singing may seem anachronistic in this day and age, dismissing officer cadets for refusing to listen to a song is ill-considered on the IDF’s part."  The paper rejects both "religious coercion" and "anti-religious coercion, even if it is according to IDF orders." The author, a former Cabinet Secretary and Civil Service Commissioner, reminds his readers that, "Israel’s Declaration of Independence proclaims the state’s obligation to uphold freedom of worship and of conscience," and adds that "this also applies to officers school."
[Semadar Peri, Boaz Bismout and Shmuel Hollander wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Yisrael Hayom and Ma’ariv, respectively.]

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