HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. GEORGE BUSH ELECTED FOR SECOND TERM IN WHITE HOUSE: “WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT TERROR WITH ALL MEANS AVAILABLE TO US.” (.). 2. ARAFAT’S CONDITION DETERIORATES: TRANSFERRED TO INTENSIVE CARE. 3. BARAK TO ANNOUNCE TODAY: I’M GOING BACK TO LABOR. HATZOFEH 1. (.). ANOTHER FOUR YEARS. (.). Israel responded with restrained joy. 2. EVACUATION-COMPENSATION LAW APPROVED IN KNESSET – COMPLAINT AGAINST BASI FOR CONFLICT OF INTERESTS. MA’ARIV 1. (.). THE FRIEND STAYS. (…). 2. SERIOUS DETERIORATION IN ARAFAT’S CONDITION. Reports of recovery were early: PA Chairman lost consciousness again, and was transferred to intensive care. 3. THREAT: GANG RAPE. Letter to MK Ruhama Avraham: If you support disengagement, we will kidnap and rape you. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Satisfin Jerusalem: Bush is good for Israel. THE VICTORY. (.). Sharon to call this morning to congratulate him. 2. BARAK TO ANNOUNCE TODAY: TO CONTEND. ___________________________________________


SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Both papers discuss the results of yesterday’s US Presidential elections: Hatzofeh celebrates President Bush’s victory and criticizes the press for biased reporting in favor of John Kerry. “The silent majority in the US, like in Israel, listen and read the one-sided reports, are not moved by them, not influenced by them and in the ballot box vote contrary to the way the ‘New York Times’ and the ‘Washington Post’ expect them to.” The editors point out that “The Israeli Left.claim that the majority support disengagement, but are scared to call for a referendum.” Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, discusses the threat posed by Iran in its attempts to acquire nuclear capabilities. The paper comments that “the day is close when President Bush will be forced into deciding whether to use his country’s military force. This is the big challenge he faces in his second term.” The editors also ask what Israel will do “if the nutters in Tehran are able to obtain nuclear weapons.” Yediot Ahronot remarks that according to economic conditions and demographic changes, John Kerry should have won the election, and argues that President Bush’s victory is due to the September 11th terror attacks. _______________________ Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, notes that the Labor party is prepared to support the budget, but is refraining from making a public announcement in order to use it as a condition for entering the government. The editors wonder whether Netanyahu is willing to pay the price that Labor is asking. BPI-info