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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Editorials from the Hebrew Press 17-Dec-2006

(Government Press Office)

Haaretz -
Yediot Aharonot -
Globes -
Hazofeh -
Jerusalem Post -

Haaretz comments: "The ruling by the High Court of Justice on the legality of targeted killings does not give blanket approval to these killings, nor does it make it easier for the Israel Defense Forces to carry them out. To a great extent, it even makes them more difficult, since the decision sets out, for the first time, strict rules that make targeted killings an extreme exception that must be used with proportionality. Those who deal with security should read at least the last three pages of the ruling, which was written by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch. They contain clear statements about what is allowed and what is prohibited, a kind of practical summary of the main arguments that Justice Aharon Barak discussed at length. Although the High Court did not grant the petitioners' demand for a blanket outlawing of targeted killings, the directives it gave assure future judicial oversight of all cases in which a targeted killing exceeds the limits of these rules. If it should turn out, albeit retrospectively, that a targeted killing was illegal, it might lead to a trial and the paying of compensation to the innocent civilians who were hurt by it."

The Jerusalem Post writes: "Last week, a distinguished group of public figures called for the international community, including both states and international organizations, to seek the indictment of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the charge of incitement to genocide. This call should be immediately and widely heeded, regardless of other steps being taken to confront the growing threat from Iran. That such an indictment is warranted should, at this point, be obvious. The group, organized by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and including former ambassadors Meir Rosenne and Dore Gold, Elie Wiesel, former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler, Alan Dershowitz and others, unveiled a report fully documenting the Iranian leader's calls to "wipe Israel off the map." No world leader or human rights organization can be unfamiliar with these calls, which have been proudly trumpeted around the globe... The requirements of the Genocide Convention are so clear, the incitement is so unabashed, and the threat is so real that we do not see why it should be assumed that all nations and organizations, including those who champion the causes of peace and human rights, will be indifferent to our cause. Those who fear failure should know that it cannot be avoided by not trying; the failure to defend ourselves diplomatically against such criminal threats is itself a statement of weakness and intimidation... The choice is a simple one: between 'never again' and 'again and again.' "

Yediot Aharonot believes that, "Israel currently has an urgent interest in closely and seriously considering the political goings-on among the Syrian leadership," despite Syria's efforts to destabilize Lebanon.

Yediot Aharonot, in its second editorial, analyzes the European Union's expansion policies.

Hatzofeh lauds Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's bravery in openly and directly blaming Hamas for the Palestinians' plight.

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