24.11.2003 HAARETZ 1. THOUSANDS STRANDED FOR NINE HOURS AT BEN-GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT; FINANCE MINISTRY CONSIDERING RESTRICTING STRIKES. Netanyahu and Peretz to meet today; disruptions at hospitals continue.
2. SHARON INFORMS US OF HIS PLAN IN ADVANCE. 3. POLICE: SEPARATION FENCE GUARDS WERE ASLEEP. 4. MUSSOLINIS GRANDDAUGHTER: VATICAN MUST ALSO ASK FORGIVENESS FROM ISRAEL. 5. PARENTS SUE REMEDIA. First claim for damages against Remedia submitted by parents whose children were hurt. HATZOFEH 1. Sharon: I will soon submit new diplomatic plan for Cabinet approval. RIGHT PREPARING FOR STRUGGLE AGAINST POSSIBLE EVACUATION OF COMMUNITIES. At Cabinet meeting, Sharon did not deny report regarding intention to evacuate communities. Draft law: Handing over communities to be conditioned on approval of 80 MKs. ISA Director: Dont be impressed by seeming quiet – number of warnings has grown in recent days. Sharon sets up permanent team of four ministers to help him conduct negotiations with Palestinians. 2. BEN-GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 2003 – SANCTIONS AND HALT IN TAKE-OFFS. (
). 3. FOLLOWING HATZOFEH EXPOSE: EVACUATION OF BASES AND LIVE-FIRE ZONES IN JORDAN VALLEY CANCELLED. It was revealed here last week that IDF was evacuating Jordan Valley bases and that Palestinians were taking over areas. Following discussion with residents, DM changed his decision and ordered that no more bases and live-fire zones be evacuated. MAARIV 1. Netanyahu initiative: Thus strikes will be eliminated. LAW TO CRUSH WORKERS COMMITTEES. In proposal being formed: Forbidden to strike against government policy – even if it affects workers. Participation in political strike to be considered violation of contract. Yesterday: Ben-Gurion International Airport shut down for hours. 2. SURPRISING RESHUFFLE AT SHARONS BUREAU. Apparent: Perlman instead of Weisglass – who is being promoted. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. (
). FINANCE MINISTRY PRESENTS: LAW AGAINST STRIKES. New details of new law: Thus state will prevent Histadrut from almost any strike in public sector. Histadrut: Law befits dictatorial regimes. ________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot compares recent demonstrations in Georgia with the Israeli democratic experience and says, Life in Israel is more comfortable than in Georgia. Israeli democracy
is substantially more stable and real
but when have we really seen a similar demonstration in Israel with such civilian power? When did we last see people who have had enough expressing that peacefully but with such decisiveness that it couldnt be fought? When have we seen Israelis demonstrating in the streets? The editors suggest that, Everyone knows that Sharon has no intention of evacuating settlements or forming a diplomatic initiative and venture that his recent statements are all a bluff. Despite this, The nation hears but does not even belch, let alone take to the streets. Hatzofeh comments on Attorney General Eliyakim Rubinsteins recent attack on the media. BPI