HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. Yachimovich moves from TV to Labor, Reichman from Shinui to Kadima, Peres will apparently announce today. SHARON SUPPORTERS TRYING TO PREVENT ELECTION OF NETANYAHU. Shalom: “In 1999, we crashed with Bibi, do we want to crash again?” Sharon told mayors last night – “Not to worry, Peres will be with us.” Political parties law: MKs accusing – Amendment approved yesterday will help Omri Sharon in his trial. HATZOFEH 1. After parade of artists who joined Peretz, Shelly Yachimovich also crossed lines and joined; Peres, Itzik, Reichman and Tirosh going with Sharon. PARTIES’ STAR SEARCH. Kadima’s and Labor’s procurement campaigns continue, with each one playing a joker: Peres announced that only Sharon can bring peace and that he won’t run for Knesset; expected to be appointed development minister. Sharon and Reichman agree on education portfolio with Tirosh as deputy. Seventy-two mayors make pilgrimage to Sharon’s residence last night. Peretz presents Yachimovich. Likud leaders attacking each other and competitors: New star every day. Religious parties in difficult unity negotiations. 2. BETHLEHEM: PALESTINIAN POLICE MISTAKENLY SHOOT AT UNDERCOVER UNITS. 3. ABU MAZEN FREEZES PA ELECTIONS DUE TO FRAUD. MA’ARIV 1. Courting at its peak: Parties signing up players who will strengthen teams. STAR WARS. Today: Shimon Peres to officially announce — I support Sharon. Prof. Uriel Reichman and at least seven local council heads – four from Labor and one from Likud – join Kadima. Journalist Shelly Yachimovich joins Labor. 2. NEW LABOR COMPETITOR – SOCIALIST MILLIONAIRE. 3. OFFICER TO HOMOSEXUAL SOLDIER: “YOU SHOULD BE STONED.” YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. SENIOR SHARON PARTY OFFICIALS: LIST IS TOO LEFT-WING. Claiming: Sharon’s “stars” from left will be burden, not asset, it’s enough already. Sharon’s people: It’s balanced. 2. Yediot Ahronot and Mina Tzemach/Dahaf poll: LIKUD CRASHING. If elections were held today: Likud would receive 10 seats and become fourth largest party, after Shas, with 11. Kadima – 34 and Labor – 27, strengthen slightly. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot analyzes the current state of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and cautions that its continued growth may be disproportionate to economic reality. Hatzofeh draws attention to the plight of former residents of Gush Katif, some of whom began a strike opposite the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem yesterday.
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