HEADLINES & EDITORIALS

HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS HA’ARETZ 1. PM: Netanyahu loses his cool. MOVE TO DISMISS SHARON FROM LIKUD LEADERSHIP UNDERWAY. 2. US CONCEDES ON “CONSTRUCTION LINES” FOR SETTLEMENTS. 3. FAMILIES OF THOSE KILLED IN SHFARAM WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZED AS TERRORISM VICTIMS. HATZOFEH 1. Sharon – 32%, Netanyahu – 32%, Landau – 17%, Feiglin – 10%. POLL: IF LIKUD CANDIDATES UNITE UNDER NETANYAHU – SHARON WOULD LOSE. In Migdam Institute poll of Likud members carried out for Hatzofeh, it arises that unity of right-wing Likud candidates under Netanyahu would lead to 59%-32% victory over Sharon. 2. TERRORIST ATTACK PREVENTED: PALESTINIAN YOUTH APPREHENDED CARRYING BOMBS. 3. SHARON: NOT ALL COMMUNITIES IN JUDEA AND SAMARIA WILL REMAIN. Likud compelling Sharon to convene Central Committee. 4. TODAY: EXHUMED IDF FALLEN TO BE REBURIED. 5. BE’ER SHEVA CENTRAL BUS STATION TO BE FENCED. 6. TIES RESUMED WITH NEW ZEALAND. MA’ARIV 1. For first time in Israel: Ruling party tries to oust its leader. THE OUSTER HAS BEGUN. Likud court determines: Fateful vote on Sharon’s future – within one month. Sharon: “Netanyahu panics and loses his cool.” Netanyahu: “It is Sharon who is hysterical.” YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Netanyahu camp: Move has begun to oust Sharon. SHARON: NETANYAHU IS FULL OF HATE. Likud court decides: Central Committee to convene to discuss bringing forward primaries to choose new party leader. Today: Netanyahu to officially announce his decision to run. His confidants: Sharon is hysterical. ______________________________ Yediot Ahronot discusses the possibility of early elections and is pessimistic that they will resolve anything. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, analyzes the state of Israel’s political parties and says that, “They have aged badly.” The editors assert that, “Israel has lost its political virginity and must build new frameworks that can adapt to its continued journey. For this it needs a transition period – new political combinations on a common path of clear short-term goals and the entry of new and worthy civilian forces. While an upheaval in political culture will be neither easy nor devoid of disasters, it is the only way to create a turnaround.” Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, suggests the IDF and the Israel Police, for the manner in which they carried out the evacuation, and Yad Vashem, for its makeover, as candidates for next year’s Israel Prizes. Hatzofeh reminds its readers that, “Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has reiterated that the Israeli withdrawal from Gush Katif constitutes only the ‘first step’ of the Israeli withdrawal,” ands says that such remarks, “Come to remind us that the main struggle is still ahead of us.” BPI-info