1. Ashkenazi enters as Chief-of-Staff; Halutz: “Heads-will-roll” culture – destructive.
HALUTZ CALLS FOR “NATIONAL INVESTIGATION” – AND THEN LEAVES.
Departing Chief-of-Staff does not hold back criticism: In Hebrew only the vowels differentiate between řň (a friend/colleague) and řĺň (evil/wickedness).
2. PM WEIGHS RELEASE OF PRISONERS “WITH BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS” TO JORDAN.
3. HISTORY IN TEL AVIV: BOURSE PASSES THE 1,000 MARK.
1. Abu Mazen postpones unity government announcement slated for today.
CRISIS BETWEEN HAMAS AND FATAH; HANIYEH SETS THREE CONDITIONS FOR ESTABLISHING GOVERNMENT.
Rice to hold “preparatory meetings” on Sunday with Olmert and with Abu Mazen – the aim: Lower expectations before summit. US to Abu Mazen: Postpone forming government until after your meeting with Olmert and Rice.
2. HALUTZ’S FAREWELL SPEECH: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN řň (A FRIEND/COLLEAGUE) AND řĺň (EVIL/WICKEDNESS) IS ONLY THE VOWELS.
“The IDF has completed its investigation and now I ask – what about the national investigation?” – Halutz said in his speech.
3. STATE COMPTROLLER TO CHECK GOVERNMENT’S CONDUCT IN BRITISH GAS AFFAIR.
4. KNESSET INITIATES PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT PROCESS – NO MAJORITY AS OF YET.
1. Sources in Shas: Rabbi Ovadia expected to decide party’s position.
“SHAS WILL SUPPORT PERES FOR PRESIDENT.”
2. Achievement for Israeli teams.
HAPOEL TEL AVIV ASTOUNDS THE SCOTS.
Hapoel Tel Aviv wins, Maccabi Haifa draws.
1. GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS.
Chief-of-Staff Ashkenazi yesterday conducted General Staff meeting and said: Now we need to rehabilitate the army, to get units back into shape and restore confidence in their commanders. There is no time to lose. We will talk less and do more. The immediate goal: Stabilize the system. Confidants: He is no magician; his worst enemy is the size of the expectations.
2. YOU SEE A HOUSEBREAKER? OPEN FIRE.
Revolutionary law permitting citizens to use firearms in self-defense passed first Knesset reading and is kindling animated debate.
3. GOOD EVENING EUROPE.
Yesterday: Hapoel Tel Aviv defeated Glasgow Rangers2-1 and Maccabi Haifa returns from Russia with a draw.
SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Both papers comment on various issues related to Lt.-Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi’s induction as IDF Chief-of-Staff in place of the retiring Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz:
Yediot Ahronot cites Numbers 6:24-26 and wishes Lt.-Gen. Ashkenazi well.
Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, bids Lt.-Gen. Halutz to take heart and learn from his mistakes. The editors ask, “How many past and present leaders, whom we know well, know how to recognize their mistakes? One? Two?” The paper asserts that, “Our leadership cupboard is bare and therefore – and not only because of this – you will yet return.”
Hatzofeh believes that Lt.-Gen. Ashkenazi will, “impose order in the IDF upon taking up his post and not just regarding discipline and soldiers’ uniforms.”
Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, commends Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yishai Bar, who has been mooted as a possible candidate to head IDF Southern Command.