HATZOFEH: PLANNED STRIKE OF RELIGIOUS-ZIONIST EDUCATION SYSTEM CANCELLED.
MA’ARIV: Decisive meeting between PM and Labor Chairman.
YEDIOT AHRONOT: On eve of his meeting with Peretz, PM drops political bomb: “ELECTIONS IMMEDIATELY.”
HA’ARETZ 1. PM to discuss agreed-upon election date with Labor Chairman Peretz. SHARON: I WILL NOT WASTE TIME – ELECTIONS SOON. Sharon – “I do not intend to lead a minority government; there is no doubt that elections will be brought forward.” Peretz – wants to agree on March elections at his meeting with PM this morning. Likud – Sharon’s confidants: He hasn’t decided about whether or not to quit the Likud. Netanyahu – denies that he’ll quit Likud leadership race vs. Sharon if he is guaranteed second spot on list.
HATZOFEH 1. PLANNED STRIKE OF RELIGIOUS-ZIONIST EDUCATION SYSTEM CANCELLED.
2. “ONE NEEDS A BARF BAG FROM ALL THE HYPOCRISY.” Thus said MK Ronnie Bar-On after Likud Knesset fmeeting on unifying ranks ahead of elections. Sharon refused to say if he will stay in Likud.
3. The promise: DM: “SETTLEMENT BLOCS WILL BE EASTERN BORDER.”
4. [SHAS] MK PERETZ ADMITS TO RECEIVING PHONY DEGREE.
5. TERRORIST WEARING EXPLOSIVE BELT ARRESTED AT HAWARA CHECKPOINT.
MA’ARIV 1. Decisive meeting between PM and Labor Chairman. SHARON DECIDES: QUICK ELECTIONS.
Peretz and Sharon to try to agree on election date. PM: Pity to waste time. Peretz’s confidants: Better earlier than later.
2. CONSTITUTION FOR ISRAEL – DRAFT IN THREE MONTHS.
4. Ma’ariv-Teleseker poll: NETANYAHU STRENGTHENS LABOR. If he heads Likud list, Labor will receive 33 seats.
YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. On eve of his meeting with Peretz, PM drops political bomb: “ELECTIONS IMMEDIATELY.” Earliest possible date in light of law and primaries: Start of February. In special Yediot Ahronot interview, Sharon said: “I will win these elections.”
2. FLYING GOVERNMENT. As all deal with break-up of Government, now is time for annual summary of ministers’ trips abroad: Shalom in first with 58 days abroad. Olmert is next with 57. Peres is third with 54. Rounding out top five are Hirchson and Naveh.