HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 31.08.2003 1. THREE ARRESTED ON WAY TO ATTACKS; ELIMINATION OF TWO HAMAS MILITANTS. Israeli killed Friday in shooting attack near Ramallah; eight-year-old Khan Yunis girl killed by IDF tank fire; severe warnings of attacks. 2. SHALOM HAR-MELEKH MURDERED IN ATTACK – WIFE MODERATELY WOUNDED AND GAVE BIRTH TO HEALTHY BABY. 3. FINANCE MINISTRY PROPOSING TO SHUT DOWN MERKAVA TANK PROJECT.


4. ORR COMMISSION REPORT TOMORROW: CONFLICTING EXPECTATIONS AMONG ARAB PUBLIC. HATZOFEH 1. Baby girl born to Limor Har-Melekh, who was wounded in attack. HOMESH RESIDENT SHOT AND MURDERED IN AMBUSH – IDF HELICOPTER ELIMINATES TWO SENIOR HAMAS TERRORISTS. Shlomo Har-Melekh laid to rest. His wife, who was seven months pregnant, moderately wounded. IDF helicopters eliminate two Hamas leaders in Gaza Strip. IDF forces enter northern Gaza Strip in order to cut down trees and bushes that served as cover for Kassam launchings. Fourteen Kassam rockets and 69 mortar rounds fired last week. Launcher that fired rocket towards Ashkelon found near Palestinian police position. 2. SCHOOL YEAR TO OPEN AS USUAL TODAY. MA’ARIV 1. Husband murdered, his wife – 7 months pregnant – gave birth to girl. “IN PAIN SHALL YOU BRING FORTH CHILDREN.” (…). Last night, as Limor was recovering from Caesarean birth of daughter her husband Shalom never got to see, she attended his funeral. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Dead man’s wounded wife gives birth to girl immediately after attack. BORN AFTER ATTACK. Infant daughter of Shalom Har-Melekh, who was murdered near settlement of Kochav Hashahar, born by Caesarean section in seventh month, five hours after attack. She weighed only one kilogram and was placed in incubator. Doctors: Her chances are good. US to Arafat: If you topple Abu Mazen, there will be no Palestinian state. 2. FRENCH AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE: “SHARON IS A THUG, ISRAEL IS PARANOID.” Gerard Haro spoke at diplomatic event in Paris. Will arrive in Israel next month. 3. Waiting for conclusions. RECORD TENSION: ORR COMMISSION REPORT TOMORROW. 4. GOING TO SCHOOL. Approximately 1.5 million students begin school year this morning – under heavy security of 13,000 Police and Border Police personnel due to fear of attacks. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, says that the Or Commission report on the October 2000 riots, which is due to be published tomorrow, will “strongly reflect all aspects of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel,” and believes that this report will either help to close the gap between Jews and Arabs or will widen it further. The editors comment that the commission focused on decisions taken which led to the deaths of 13 Arab Israelis but not on the cause of those tensions, “the ongoing discrimination and deprivation.” The paper comments that we have already missed an opportunity by not transferring all the resources promised by Barak to the Arab sector and asserts that if we do not take the necessary steps, and soon, “we will quickly reach the point of no return.” Hatzofeh reminds its readers that “In less than two weeks, we will mark 10 years since the signing of the Oslo accords” and adds that at that time right-wing leaders warned that such an agreement would lead to, inter alia, “Katyushas falling on Ashkelon.” The editors claim that the reason missiles had not been fired on Ashkelon until now was not “because the Palestinians in Gaza did not have the ability to reach such a distance, but because of red lines they were careful not to cross. Now they have crossed them and this is a serious rise in the level of Palestinian terror.” The paper calls for a change in the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and says that the government should, “relate to the Palestinian Authority according to the manner in which it behaves, and at this stage, not to see it as a partner for a future peace agreement.” Yediot Ahronot discusses the education system and the start of the new school year.