1. RICE INITIATING ARAB SUMMIT IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
2. Agreement between Peretz and Halutz.
GADI EIZENKROT APPOINTED GOC NORTHERN COMMAND IN PLACE OF UDI ADAM.
3. [STATE PROSECUTOR] SHENDAR ON RAMON: HE WAS NOT FLIRTING, SHE DID NOT
4. STATE COMPTROLLER: FAULTS AT NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL.
1. After long tension-filled days, Defense Minister and Chief-of-Staff
GADI EIZENKROT TO BE APPOINTED GOC NORTHERN COMMAND.
Maj.-Gen. Eizenkrot, current GOC Operations, to replace Maj.-Gen. Udi
Adam. After much criticism of decision-making delay, Peretz and Halutz
succeeded in reaching a decision. Northern Command satisfied and
hopeful that Eizenkrot will restore order to crisis-plagued Command.
2. IDF DISCOVERS EXPLOSIVE BELT IN NABLUS.
3. STATE COMPTROLLER: NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL HAMSTRUNG.
1. IDF changes intelligence assessment on Syrian front.
LIKELIHOOD OF WAR WITH SYRIA INCREASES.
After years in which IDF Intelligence’s regular assessment was “Low
likelihood of war with Syria” – IDF has changed its assessment. New
working assumption: Syrian leadership seriously considering military
option against Israel.
2. GOC NORTHERN COMMAND: GADI EIZENKROT.
3. DALIA ITZIK: MUST TALK WITH SYRIA.
4. DOLLAR NOSEDIVES: ONLY NIS 4.3.
5. TURNING POINT IN OLMERT APARTMENTS AFFAIR.
New evidence undermines accusations.
PRESIDENT’S TAPE: FULL TRANSCRIPT.
2. GOC NORTHERN COMMAND.
Gadi Eizenkrot to be appointed GOC Northern Command in place of Udi
Adam, who resigned. Defense Minister jubilant: My appointment.
Chief-of-Staff: Was my recommendation.
SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot says that there is nearly no chance that the whisperings
for peace in Damascus have fallen on receptive ears in Jerusalem. The
price of peace with Syria is known; withdrawal from every last
centimeter of the Golan Heights. As yet, no Israeli prime minister or
government has had either the will or the support to make such a
concession and, considering the state of the present government, it is
less likely that Prime Minister Olmert would be able to.
Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, asks, “What if President Moshe
Katsav is innocent? The media has already convicted him for us. But what
if he is?
Hatzofeh asserts that Hizbullah, in violation of the ceasefire
agreement, has not disarmed and has spread its forces along Israel’s
border. In recent days the Hizbullah leadership has been contemplating
the formation of a joint command with Gaza-based Hamas, a clear sign
that Palestinian Chairman Abu Mazen is weakening.