Itongadol.- Two newspapers comment on the latest incident at Yitzhar:
Haaretz commends the defense minister for deciding to “get tough with the rioters in Yitzhar,” and asserts: “Whoever is concerned about the rule of law should have raised his voice long ago, taken measures against Yitzhar and other violent settlements and stopped these hooligans from taking out their anger on Palestinians.” The editor states: “A long list of ‘price tag’ attacks, which are terrorist acts in every sense, have taken place without the army or the Judea and Samaria Police lifting a finger to stop them. Those who kept quiet then, who didn’t investigate or bring anyone to trial, who looked the other way, are now getting it back in spades, in the form of violence directed at the security forces,” and declares: “The same determination that the defense minister decided to display against the rioters in Yitzhar this time – and justifiably so – must also be displayed against settler terror when it is directed against th eir Palestinian neighbors.”
Yediot Aharonot asserts: "Those dozens of fanatics who destroyed an IDF post at Yitzhar yesterday are not rioters. It is very simple: They are criminals who must be punished to the fullest possible extent." The author adds: "The law is the law and nobody – be they Jewish, Arab, Buddhist or pagan – is entitled to break it," and concludes: "We must not show even a glimmer of understanding for such criminal behavior."
Yisrael Hayom reminds its readers that "At a Senate hearing yesterday, American Secretary of State John Kerry hinted that Israel is responsible for the crisis in the talks," but adds: "At the hearing, John Kerry forgot to blame himself as well. From the outset it was clear that in the nine months he allocated to the negotiations it would be a little difficult to resolve a complex, decades-old problem. Only Kerry thought it was possible, Kerry the believer." The author adds: "Despite what Kerry said yesterday, which was not pleasant to Israeli ears, one must appreciate the Secretary of State\’s commitment to the process and the time he has devoted to the problem in the face of the other unsolvable conflicts in the world."
The Jerusalem Post discusses the scalding report issued by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira on food insecurity in Israel and the government’s neglect of 894,000 Israelis who went hungry in 2011 due to poverty. The editor calls on the government to “articulate a coherent policy for fighting food insecurity,” and adds: “the present situation of muddled, incoherent social welfare policy cannot continue.”
[Noah Kliger and Boaz Bismout wrote today\’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Yisrael Hayom, respectively. There was no print edition of Ma\’ariv today.]