HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. KNESSET APPROVED MOVE TO 5 DAYS SCHOOL WEEK; TEACHERS: CHILDREN WILL HANG AROUND IN THE STREETS. (.). 2. POREZ THREATENS NETANYAHU: WITHOUT ADDITIONAL BUDGET FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES I WILL CEASE GRANTS TO SETTLEMENTS. Ha’aretz investigation: Beitar Ilit receives 8 times more than Bnei Brak, Kiryat Arba gets 12 times more than Beit Shemesh – even though they are on the same economic scale. 3. ACHIEVEMENT FOR FATAH YOUTH: LOCAL ELECTIONS IN DECEMBER IN PA – IN SPITE OF ARAFAT’S OPPOSITION. 4. FOR FIRST TIME: EGYPT BLEW UP TUNNELS USED TO SMUGGLE WEAPONS FROM SINAI TO GAZA STRIP. HATZOFEH 1. (.). SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK APPROVED. (.). 2. MOFAZ: EVACUATION PLANS TO BE PRESENTED IN SEPTEMBER. Minister for Internal Security clarified again yesterday: “It is unacceptable to me that police evacuate settlements.”


3. CHIEF-OF-STAFF: EGYPT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEAPONS SMUGGLING IN TUNNELS. IDF trap head of Tanzim in Bethlehem yesterday. Operations to prevent terror attacks in Nablus continue. 4. TERRORIST ATTACKED SOLDIER WITH AXE AT ENTRANCE TO AMIAD CAMP AND WAS SHOT TO DEATH. 5. BREAK IN NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN LIKUD AND LABOR – SHARON WAITING FOR UNITED TORAH JUDAISM. 6. DIRECTOR GENERAL OF ARKIA ASSURED CHIEF RABBI YONA MITZGER: EL-AL WILL NOT FLY ON SABBATH. MA’ARIV 1. Sharon’s aides: Prime Minister needs to advance disengagement. VOTE ON EVACUATING GAZA – WITHIN ONE MONTH. Assessment in Prime Minister’s circle: government vote to take place after IDF completes its preparations for withdrawal. Today: big battle in Labor. Peres: I will not dismantle negotiating team. Senior Likud officials: chances of unity government are nil. 2. LAST NIGHT IN THE GALIL: SOLDIER ATTACKED WITH AXE Border guard on base at Amiad junction moderately injured. Friends were able to kill attacker. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. (.). SCHOOL REVOLUTION. (.). 2. QUARTER OF SETTLERS WANT TO EVACUATE. Sharon’s bureau: 2,000 out of 7,500 residents of Gaza Strip and northern Samaria have already registered to receive advance payments. 3. TERRORIST ATTACKED WHILE DISGUISED AS A RESERVE SOLDIER. Injured border guard with axe in IDF base south of Tzfat and was eliminated. Concern: attacker was a youth from Galil village. ____________________________________________________ EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, suggests that today’s discussion in the Labor party over whether to join a unity government is irrelevant. “What is most important to the Labor Party is that it support the disengagement plan. From outside or inside the government, it’s not important.” Yediot Ahronot is amazed that the traditional strike at the start of the new school year will not take place as usual. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, discusses yesterday’s decision to implement a five day school week. Hatzofeh discusses yesterday’s publications showing the increasing gap between development towns and Jewish communities in bagrut (matriculation exams) results. BPI-info