(Israel Government Press Office)
Yediot Aharonot evaluates Arab public diplomacy efforts. The author contends: "In world public opinion, the Palestinians really are considered to be miserable, to be suffering under Israel's horrific rule, to being trampled underfoot and forced to attack those who humiliate and repress them," and adds: "The world has fallen victim to mendacious propaganda, fabricated and fictitious stories, and fantasies in the style of 1,001 Nights; on this point, the Arabs are way ahead of the Jews." The paper believes that "We left the field to the Arabs because we believed that the world knows that justice is on our side – and a just person does not all think that he needs to use propaganda in order to prove and establish that he is just," and adds: "We learned the hard way that it is not like this: It is clear that if you repeat a lie often enough, according to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, it is as if it becomes the truth. The Arabs learned this lesson and conquered world opinion." The author notes that "The thousands of rockets that have been fired at southern Israeli communities…have changed neither [world] public opinion nor the one-sided reports of most media outlets; the Palestinians remain the miserable ones who are being persecuted."
Ma'ariv reviews the peace process. The author, who served as Cabinet Secretary to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his successor Shimon Peres, declares: "I have no doubt that if he had not been murdered, Yitzhak Rabin would have cancelled the Oslo accords and sent Arafat and his cohorts back to Tunisia," and adds: "I sobered up at that time, with great pain, from the vision of peace in which I believed and which crumbled before my eyes in the blood of innocent Jews." The paper avers that "Whoever talks about 'two states for two peoples' is, for all intents and purposes, talking about establishing a Hamas state in Judea and Samaria in addition to Gaza since it is clear that Hamas will take control of Judea and Samaria, whether by elections or violence (as in Gaza). This means an Iranian proxy a few kilometers from the heart of Israel." The author asserts: "The gap between Israel's positions, including modern elements among the public, and the Palestinians is immense and unbridgeable. Not in our time," and bids his readers closely read Khaled Mashaal's recent speech in Gaza. The paper suggests that "Even if there was not even one settlement in Judea and Samaria, it would not be possible to reach a lasting peace," and adds: "Whoever accuses the Government of halting the diplomatic process and promises to change the situation is selling the public an illusion with no basis in reality. It would be better to tell the truth: We are fated to continue fighting for our land and our lives and to live on our swords for a long time, as in the past 100 years. It is much easier to become caught up in the euphoria of peace, as in the days of Oslo. The truth is hard and painful, but it is preferable to illusions."
Yisrael Hayom criticizes the European Union for "preferring to ignore the horrifying events in neighboring Syria and the belligerent statements by Khaled Mashaal and Hamas in recent days, while still managing to be 'deeply dismayed' by Israel's decision regarding construction."
Haaretz notes that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel devoted a meeting during last week's summit in Berlin to the topic of academic freedom,” and states that this notion “was so embarrassingly violated by Netanyahu's move that two professors chose to censure him on the matter in front of Merkel.” The editor asserts: “Hoping to highlight Israel's academic freedom, Netanyahu did the precise opposite,” and adds: “It might gain him applause among his supporters, but it significantly damaged Israel's image internationally.”
The Jerusalem Post queries the ethics behind the use of the Depo-Provera drug, a hormonal, injectable contraceptive, on Ethiopian women about to emigrate to Israel. The editor wonders to what degree the women were provided with an informed choice, and also whether the “decision to administer this shot tinged with racism and paternalism?” The editor asserts: “The right to make one’s own family-planning decisions is essential in a free society,” and concludes: “All of those involved in Ethiopian aliya must now ensure that this right remains at the forefront of any administration of birth-control methods.”
[Noah Kliger, Shmuel Hollander and Boaz Bismout wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma'ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]