HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. CHIEF-OF-STAFF HALUTZ: IRAN WILL BE ABLE TO RESUME URANIUM ENRICHMENT IN MARCH. 2. EMBARRASSMENT FOR SHARON: ADVISER SAID THAT “HE WILL BE PREPARED TO COMPROMISE ON JERUSALEM.” 3. Labor: AMIR PERETZ APPOINTS HIS DAUGHTER SHANI TO RUN ELECTIONS STAFF. 4. ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION NEAR BIL’IN. State Prosecutor’s Office aware: Hundreds of residential units built illegally in new Upper Modi’in neighborhood. HATZOFEH 1. Sharon’s polls adviser Kalman Gayer says in Newsweek interview: “SHARON READY TO CONCEDE PART OF JERUSALEM.” Gayer says in interview that Sharon will be prepared for establishment of Palestinian state on 90% of Judea and Samaria. Olmert to Newsweek: Sharon planning move that Likud could not accept. Sharon and Gayer issue denials – right refuses to believe. (…). 2. Threat receding: CHIEF-OF-STAFF: IRANIANS YEARS AWAY FROM NUCLEAR CAPABILITY. 3. KNESSET FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE COMMITTEE: GAS MASKS TO BE COLLECTED FROM PUBLIC. MA’ARIV 1. Sharon’s pollster: PM ready to return 90% of West Bank. NETANYAHU: SHARON WILL DIVIDE JERUSALEM. PM’s Bureau: “Nonsense. Every few years Bibi jumps up and down with the same worn-out slogans.” YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Moment before he abandoned Likud and joined Sharon: MOFAZ APPROVED HUNDREDS OF FLATS IN SETTLEMENTS. Most council heads who received construction permits – Likud members. Mofaz’s bureau: This isn’t political. 2. Expose: FLYING PRISON FOR DEPORTEES. Immigration Police plans to rent special plane that will serve as prison until Africa: Foreign workers who refuse to leave Israel voluntarily will be put on plane. ________________________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot suggests that the Likud Central Committee bosses and wheeler-dealers are now stewing in their own juices as the Likud faces the possibility of winning less than half of the seats it won in the last elections. Hatzofeh refers to yesterday’s High Court of Justice decision regarding appeals against Government cuts in social welfare payments. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, comments on the mysterious prison suicide of a state witness in high-profile underworld murder case. Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, laments the amount of spam and junk-mail.
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