HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. 113 days to elections: 10 political corruption cases in the legal process. POLICE SOURCES: POSSIBLE TO TRY HANEGBI. 2. INCREASING ANGER AT PERETZ IN LABOR: “TAKING OVER CENTERS OF POWER.” 3. DONATIONS TO YIGAL AMIR VIA RIGHT-WING NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATIONS ARE TAX EXEMPT. HATZOFEH 1. For first time – rocket falls near homes at moshav Shuva. KASSAM ROCKET ONSLAUGHT WIDENING. Yesterday: Six Kassam rockets fired at western Negev communities. Two moshav Shuva women in shock. IDF responds with ineffectual artillery fire. Right sharply attacks Sharon: “He must answer for catastrophe.” 2. HALUTZ: “DIPLOMACY AGAINST IRAN HAS FAILED.” 3. Hatred. NETANYAHU: “THERE IS DANGEROUS POPULISM”; PERETZ: “MAGIC HAS WORN OFF.” Two attack each other at Globes business conference. 4. Love story. SHARON: “PERES CAN CHOOSE ANY JOB.” Thus PM told press conference about his new Kadima colleague – Shimon Peres, who said: “Arik – best man to set up coalition.” 5. BASI: CONSTRUCTION WORK AT YAD BINYAMIN COMPLETED. 6. JUSTICE MINISTER SIGNS ORDER TO EXTRADITE ZE’EV ROSENSTEIN TO US. MA’ARIV 1. And now: Iranian nuclear issue takes over 2006 campaign. ELECTIONS AND THE BOMB. Ariel Sharon: “We cannot accept situation in which Iran has nuclear weapons. We hope that the Security Council will act.” Amir Peretz: “I hope that the Israeli Government will do what it must, without extraneous considerations.” Benjamin Netanyahu: “I will lead the next government to stop the Iranian threat, including all necessary actions.” Shaul Mofaz: “Remarks are nationally irresponsible. Nuclear issue must be removed from election campaign.” 2. THE WINTER THAT REFUSES TO COOPERATE. No rain expected this week either. 3. ISRAEL IN 7TH PLACE IN YOUTH CRIME. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Father quit, son is still pulling strings. Main activists in Sharon camp: “OMRI SHARON INSTRUCTED US TO VOTE FOR SILVAN.” Two weeks before primaries: Sharon activists recruited to support Silvan Shalom. Senior Kadima official: “I intend to influence my people in Likud Central Committee.” Omri Sharon: “I am not dealing with these elections.” 2. Following Yediot Ahronot expose: DEFENSE MINISTRY INVESTIGATING “KURDISH CONNECTION.” Heads of companies that employed reconnaissance unit veterans to train Kurdish security personnel in northern Iraq summoned for investigation. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Hatzofeh pays tribute to retiring Meretz MK Yossi Sarid’s integrity and reminds its readers that he characterized Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as, “the most corrupt person in Israeli politics.” Yediot Ahronot calls for Meretz to align itself with the Labor Party under MK Amir Peretz. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, says that the, “Netanyahu and Sharon governments,” have done nothing for development towns in the country’s peripheral areas but says that even though it is, “limping and bleeding, it is too early to eulogize the Likud as a duck that will cook in its own soup.” Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, suggests that Prime Minister Sharon and others will use the Iranian nuclear issue, “to divert the elections from a socio-economic track,” and urges voters to, “immunize themselves against ‘spin’.”
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