HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
1. CAR-BOMB ATTACK FOILED AT HAIFA BAY MALL.
Booby-trapped car with dozens of kilograms of explosives discovered yesterday in mall parking lot after one of the charges exploded.
2. BARAK HINTS: I WILL QUIT LABOR IF IT DOESN’T JOIN THE GOVERNMENT.
Party figures decry Chairman’s behavior as “grave and astonishing.” Netanyahu receives from Peres extended time to form Government.
3. MILITARY DOCUMENT LEFT IN GAZA: SHOOT AT RESCUE FORCES AS WELL.
Document found in one of the Palestinian homes that IDF occupied during Operation Cast Lead. IDF Spokesperson: Soldiers were instructed not to endanger their lives.
4. UN: ISRAEL IN FIRST PLACE IN THE WORLD IN PURIFICATION OF WASTE FOR AGRICULTURE.
1. Haifa, Saturday night: Giant terrorist attack thwarted at largest mall in the north.
MIRACLE AT THE MALL.
Police checking how car-bomb passed preliminary security check and entered Lev Hamifratz Mall’s outer parking lot, as thousands were inside. Security establishment worried: Is this start of new wave of terrorism?
2. LABOR: STRUGGLE FOR EVERY VOTE.
Two days before conference: Barak and Netanyahu preparing “tempting plan” for party members.
1. Terrorist attack that was thwarted: 40 kg. of explosives adjacent to crowded mall.
CAR-BOMB IN HAIFA.
Police sappers who neutralized bombs next to Lev Hamifratz Mall: “Quantity of explosives equal to eight suicide-terrorists.”
2. NEGOTIATIONS OVER GILAD RESUME.
After rupture in Cairo: Indirect contacts to resume this week between Israel and Hamas in additional attempt to reach agreement before Olmert leaves.
1. CAR-BOMB ATTACK FOILED AT LEV HAMIFRATZ MALL.
Police: “This was a great miracle.” Following small explosion that occurred near midnight inside Subaru, security forces summoned to Haifa mall parking lot. Only after sappers checked the car, was great miracle discovered: Approximately 40-kg. of explosives in car failed to detonate. Thousands at mall evacuated.
2. “DEAR GILAD, IT IS NOT OVER.”
After 1,000 days of captivity and week of protest, Shalit family returns home empty-handed. Noam appealed to Olmert in sharp speech: Don’t explain why it is impossible, bring Gilad back home. Senior figures in Egypt: Hamas interested in continued negotiations.
3. EINI: I HOPE TO CONVINCE LABOR TO JOIN.
Increasing tension ahead of Tuesday conference. Faction: Seven against, six in favor.
4. “ACCUSATIONS AGAINST IDF SOLDIERS – REFUTED.”
Several soldiers who accused their comrades of war crimes recant.
SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot says that, “Months after the end of Operation Cast Lead, it is difficult to be enthusiastic about its results. Rocket fire, although weakened, has not ceased entirely, arms smuggling from Egypt to Gaza continues as before, Hamas is strengthening its regime – and Gilad Shalit is yet to return home.” The editors examine three approaches for dealing with this situation: One – “Occupy Gaza”; Two – “De facto recognizes of Hamas” and three, “The path which we have chosen: To define Hamas as a terrorist organization and ignore the existence of its regime in Gaza. This is perhaps just, but it is not prudent: Hamas enjoys all the advantages, but has no responsibilities, and therefore it is difficult to apply pressure to it.”
Ma’ariv notes that, “Within a year, the number of those who do not enlist in the IDF will outnumber those who do. This includes: women, Arabs, draft dodgers and draft refusers, and 15% ultraorthodox, who are well represented in the forming right-wing coalition.”
Yisrael Hayom, against the of recent reports regarding the conduct of Israeli soldiers in Gaza, believes that put to the morality test, “The IDF scores high.” The editors exhort, “Morally, one can compare the results of the wars managed by the American army in Iraq and NATO forces in Afghanistan to the IDF’s operations in Gaza. The IDF comes out with very high marks.”