SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

Yediot Ahronot asks, “Today, who remembers that, with all due respect to
the IDF, the redeeming answer that brought about an end to the cycle of
killing in Lebanon came thanks to the ‘Four Mothers’?”


Hatzofeh notes that yesterday a high-ranking IDF Intelligence Corps
officer characterized the attack at Kerem Shalom as, “a complete
surprise,” and wonders, “What are the IDF and ISA intelligence networks
for if not to prevent such surprises?”
HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
HA’ARETZ
1. MEDIATORS: MASHAL PREVENTING RELEASE OF ABDUCTED SOLDIER.
Last night: Popular Resistance Committees announced abduction of
additional Israeli in Nablus area; IDF: No truth to report. Kidnappers’
demands: In first statement, organizations demanded release of all
Palestinian women and minor prisoners from Israeli prisons in exchange
for information on Shalit. Israel’s answer: Olmert – “The question of
releasing prisoners is not on the Israeli Government’s agenda at all.”
PM added that, “Time for sharp is fast approaching.”
Investigation of event: In exceptional step, Chief-of-Staff appointed
retired Maj.-Gen. Giora Eiland, and not active officer, to chair team
that will investigate Sunday’s Kerem Shalom attack. Kassam fire: Two
people suffer heart attacks and four more lightly wounded in Kassam fire
at Sderot. Rockets cause power outage.
2. KNESSET TO VOTE: 96 HOURS WITHOUT A JUDGE.
Amendment will aid ISA in investigating security suspects.
HATZOFEH
1. Abductors of soldier Gilad Shalit demand: Release of terrorists as
first step.
OLMERT: WE WILL NOT AGREE TO RELEASE PRISONERS.
In Jewish Agency Assembly speech, Prime Minister responded to Hamas
demand with sweeping no. Olmert announces that Gaza Strip will be
closed as first step and added that Israel will not be able to show
restraint for much longer.
MA’ARIV
1. WAR OF NERVES.
Two days after abduction: Possibility of rescue operation appears slim.
Hamas demands release of prisoners in exchange for information on
abducted soldier, Israel refuses. Last night: Palestinians claimed – We
also kidnapped settler on West Bank.
2. FAILURE – SOLDIERS WERE PULLED OUT OF TANK ALIVE – AND ELIMINATED.
Preliminary investigation reveals series of lapses.
3. HOPE: LOOK-OUT TOWER CAMERA DOCUMENTED GILAD ALIVE.
Picture shows abductee moving on his own.
YEDIOT AHRONOT
1. Israel decides on steps to press for return home of abducted soldier.
SIEGE, PARTITIONING OF GAZA STRIP AND CUT-OFF OF WATER AND ELECTRICITY.
Siege to include prevention of fuel and food supplies to Gaza Strip and
ban on Palestinians’ entry and exit. Olmert: “Time is running short.”
Large forces concentrate on border.
2. KASSAM LANDS IN SDEROT AND CUTS OFF ELECTRICITY TO PERETZ’S HOUSE.
Rocket landed in city center last night. Four residents lightly
wounded, 13 in shock.
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