31.12.2003 HAARETZ 1. MEDIATION ATTEMPTS FAIL – EDUCATION SYSTEM ON STRIKE AS OF TODAY. Netanyahu refused to freeze cuts in local authorities and left emergency meeting called by President. 2. ISRAEL CHANGING SECURITY FENCE ROUTE – AND CANCELS ENCLAVES. 3. ASSESSMENT: NIS 400 MILLION IN CHANGES NEEDED IN ORDER FOR BUDGET TO PASS. 4. Terror: Money continues to flow. WHY IS THE ECONOMIC STRIKE AGAINST TERROR BEING DELAYED?
HATZOFEH 1. (
). EDUCATION SYSTEM ON STRIKE. (
). 2. [OC CENTRAL COMMAND] MAJ.-GEN. KAPLINSKY APPROVED ORDERS THAT BYPASS HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE. 3. GOVERNOR OF BANK OF ISRAEL REDUCES INTEREST RATES BY 0.4%. 4. SYRIAN MINISTER: ONLY HAARETZ EXPRESS OUR POSITIONS. MAARIV 1. WANT AN OPERATION? GIVE A DONATION. (
). 2. THIS MORNING: NO SCHOOL. (
). 3. Settler at outpost: THEY WONT TAKE ME OUT OF HERE ALIVE. Pinchas Yaamin from Ginot Aryeh: God sent us. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Strike: Approximately 1.5 million children not in school. STAYING AT HOME. (
). 2. Commanders testimony on shooting at demonstrators. FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW THEY WERE NOT DEMONSTRATORS, THEY WERE TERRORISTS. Unit commander: Soldiers did not consider for one minute that they were Israelis. Mother of soldier who shot: Dont hurt my son. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot refers to todays partial strike of the education system due to a disagreement between the Union of Local Authorities and the government over financing of security and support services. The editors call the strike, a circus, and claim that the average Israeli is asking himself, What in hell else has to happen in order for the government to get its act together and for Israel to go back to being run like a responsible country? Hatzofeh wonders why Immigrant Absorption Minister Tzipi Livni chose to publicly disagree with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and advocate putting off negotiations with Syria until a settlement is first reached with the Palestinians. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, criticizes the government for failing to deal with child poverty and dragging its feet over the evacuation of illegal outposts in Judea and Samaria. The editors note that Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to Syrian President Bashar Assads recent peace initiative by saying that, Syria has become a small country with a scared leader who is trying to survive, and comment, Wow, this also happened to them?