Four newspapers comment on the thwarting of a major terrorist attack on the Egyptian border Sunday evening:
Yediot Aharonot assesses that "If Israel does not maintain a precise intelligence picture about what goes on in Sinai – the next assault attempt is liable to finish very differently. And there is no depending on Egypt: \’If someone expects that because of the trauma, the Egyptian army will decide to carry-out a comprehensive military operation in Sinai – he is living a fantasy\’, senior Israeli security sources explain."
Ma\’ariv points out that "For years Global Jihad has been killing, primarily, Muslims. That never prevented the Muslim Brotherhood from encouraging jihad. Whoever fosters jihad, finances it, encourages it – in time becomes the victims of that same jihad."
Yisrael Hayom notes that "Had it not been for the quick response and the IDF\’s efficient use of coordinated armed forces, the attempted attack, or mega-attack, the other day at Kerem Shalom could have ended tragically." The author adds: "I want to say: No miracle occurred here, and not luck, but rather a properly executed operation, which incorporated early intelligence and land and air forces in order to thwart a terrorist attack with potentially deadly consequences."
The Jerusalem Post asserts that “Now is the time for [Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy] to choose the West over Iran and strengthen ties with Israel to combat our common enemy: terrorism’” and adds: “If Morsy can restore calm on the Egyptian-Israeli border, the impact on the whole region will be enormous.”
Haaretz criticizes the Education Ministry\’s decision to fire its civics supervisor, Adar Cohen, and asserts that this is “another example of the mean-spirited atmosphere prevailing among the ministry\’s leadership, which is seeking to wipe out any independent thought or doubt.” The editor states that the goal of Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar and the Ministry of Education is “to remove any obstacle in the way of subordinating the public education system to nationalist political stands,” and adds: “The decision to fire Cohen is anti-educational and reflects an anti-pluralistic worldview.”
[Alex Fishman, Ben-Dror Yemini and Aharon Lapidot wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma\’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]