1. Two soldiers killed in Gaza action. Over 63 Palestinians killed. PA: Halting negotiations.
GOAL OF OPERATION: HALT FIRING AT ASHKELON.
Israel estimates that Hamas is interested in ending current round of violence but is continuing military pressure in order to cause organization to remove city from ‘balance of terror’.
2. FRENCH EXPERT TO COURT: IDF DID NOT KILL A-DURA BOY.
In opinion prepared by forensics expert, claimed that photographs of Palestinian child and his father were apparently staged. Correspondent who broadcast pictures: Findings are partial.
1. Two Givati Brigade fighters killed and seven wounded in IDF activity in northern Gaza Strip.
MINISTERS TO DEMAND FROM CABINET: ELIMINATE HAMAS LEADERS.
Approximately 50 Palestinians, mostly terrorists, eliminated during activity. Jerusalem hopes that application of pressure via means of additional military measures will create threat on senior Hamas leaders.
1. IN THE SIGHTS: HAMAS LEADERS.
Fifty-six Kassams and eight GRAD missiles hit Ashkelon, Sderot and western Negev over the weekend. Two Givati Brigade fighters killed in ground action. Senior political source: Hamas political leadership in Gaza to pay with its life.
1. HUNDREDS OF FIGHTERS DEEP INSIDE GAZA.
Operation “Hot Winter”: Olmert approves elimination of Hamas leadership.
2. ASHKELON: NO REINFORCEMENT AND NO BENEFITS.
Sixty-three rockets over the weekend. Despite GRADs: No portable reinforced structures in Ashkelon. Residents will not receive tax benefits like Sderot.
SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Ma’ariv cites then Defense Minister David Ben-Gurion’s reply to a reporter regarding the immediate retaliatory taken after the 24.3.55 infiltration from the Gaza Strip in which terrorists murdered one and wounded 22 at a wedding celebration. In addition to deterring the enemy, “There is another reason, educational and moral. Look at these Jews. They come from Iraq, Kurdistan, North Africa…They come from countries in which their lives were disregarded, where it was possible to abuse them, torture them, beat them and be cruel towards them. They had become used to this, because they were helpless victims of the non-Jews. Here we must prove to them that their blood is no longer in disregard; that the Jewish people have a state and an army that will not allow others to do to them as they please; because there is a price to their lives and property. We must straighten their stature, to instill in them feelings of pride and self-worth. We must show them that those who rise up against them will not escape punishment, because they are citizens of a sovereign state, responsible for their lives and their well-being.”
Yediot Ahronot promotes a ceasefire and negotiations with Hamas, and offers that “Israel is likely to discover that at the end of the tunnel it will find Hamas reconciled with 1967 borders, even with mutual amendments and adjustments.”
Makor Rishon-Hatzofeh accuses that under the “…Olmert Government, Israel is cascading into a war without anyone having giving it a thought, and certainly without preparing a decision-making process as [Winograd Committee member Prof.] Yehezkel Dror demands,” and declares that, “This will be the first war which is clearly a result of the actions of ‘peace organizations’, ‘human rights organizations’ and legal decisions.'”