HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS HA’ARETZ 1. YESHA COUNCIL HEADS: WITHOUT REFERENDUM ON DISENGAGEMENT – WE WILL SUPPORT REFUSAL OF ORDERS. Assessment: Tens of thousands to participate in right wing demonstration in Jerusalem today; on Tuesday – Cabinet vote on payment of advances to evacuees. 2. TODAY: RESUMPTION OF RAAD SALAH TRIAL. 40 out of 175 witnesses have testified for prosecution so far. 300 defense witnesses have yet to be heard. Judges pressing for way to be found to shorten proceedings. HATZOFEH 1. IDF concludes activity in Beit Hanoun and Jebalya; trisection of Gaza Strip cancelled again. AMERICAN ENVOY TO ASSDAD: STOP TERRORIST ACTIVITY. US Asst. Secy. of State William Burns visits Damascus and again calls on Syria to halt support for terrorist organizations, aid Iraqi government and withdraw its forces from Lebanon. Nahal Haredi brigade soldiers’ initiative at roadblock helps capture powerful bomb. Two IDF soldiers lightly wounded near Netzarim last night by mortar round. 2. YONATAN BASI: EVACUATION OF UM AL-FAHM WILL ALSO BE LEGITIMATE. Head of uprooting authority, in special interview to be published in holiday edition of Hatzofeh: Sharon’s timetable not realistic. 3. DUTCH ELEMENTS AIDING PALESTINIAN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. 4. ORLEV: EXTREME RIGHT PRESSURING NRP CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS. MA’ARIV 1. Storm following settlers’ warning of civil war. SHARON: THEY DON’T SCARE ME. PM’s confidants warn: “Settler leaders; remarks preparation to rebellion. This is unprecedented – threat to rule of law. This cannot go on.” This evening in Zion Square: Right’s show of force. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. SYRIA TO ANNOUNCE THIS WEEK: WE WILL WITHDRAW FORCES FROM LEBANON. Over weekend: US threatened Syria with harsh sanctions if it didn’t withdraw.

______________________________ Hatzofeh strongly criticizes, “The war being waged by the Sharon government against saying the truth that Sharon’s transfer is abominable racism that no moral person can countenance, that exiling Jews because they are Jews – is racism, especially when one points out their sins: That they are being shelled and murdered because they are Jews.” Yediot Ahronot comments on the third anniversary of the 11.9.01 terrorist attacks in the US and suggests that, “The meaning of the process than began three years ago is that fanatic terrorism will look for more and more ways in order to upgrade its tools and methods and the horrific dramas that it creates for the free world, and in the opinion of many experts, the road to terrorists’ use of weapons of mass destruction has been shortened.” Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, believes that the recent bar mitzvah celebrations for Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair were grossly over-extravagant and asserts that, “With all good wishes to the Netanyahu family, their celebration by the Kinneret is additional proof that the current Israeli leadership no longer sees any value or goal in showing social sensitivity; on the contrary, the opposite is true.” BPI-info