23,10,2003 HA’ARETZ 1. Full story of Tannenbaum abduction. ASSESSMENT: IRAN INVOLVED IN TANNENBAUM ABDUCTION; SUSPICION THAT HE DEALT IN DRUGS. In 1980s, Tannenbaum became embroiled in financial difficulties due to gambling. With Kais Obeid from Taibeh, he initiated deal with Palestinian moneychangers. According to suspicion, Obeid enticed him to go to Europe for “major deal.” According to suspicion, Qaid Biro – liaison between Hizballah and Obeid – initiated deal.

Biro enjoyed Hizballah patronage in carrying out family drug deals. Obeid and Biro met when they visited their fathers, who were imprisoned for drug offenses. In night between 10.3-4.2000, Tannenbaum left Israel for Brussels. Met Obeid in Brussels and continued on to Abu Dhabi on forged passport. According to assessment, was captured by Hizballah and flown to Iran. After short time, reached Beirut; Hizballah claims that he came willingly. 15.10.2000: Nasrallah announced that he had Israeli colonel. Obeid’s brothers – Akhram and Kamal – were arrested and later released. In wake of Ha’aretz appeal, Supreme Court released details for publication yesterday. 2. NETANYAHU AND PERETZ MEET IN ORDER TO AVERT GENERAL STRIKE. 3. BARAK NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATIONS AFFAIR FILES CLOSED. Attorney General closes files on Barak, Herzog, Shiri and Cohen; Tal Zilberstein and Gideon Sulimani to be indicted. HATZOFEH 1. (…). TANNENBAUM ABDUCTED TO IRAN BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO LEBANON. (…). MK Yahalom: Israel intends to release hundreds of terrorists in return for casino gambler. (…). Police: Tannenbaum suspected of being involved in drug deals and gambling. 2. [ATTORNEY GENERAL] RUBINSTEIN: EHUD BARAK WILL NOT BE CHARGED. 3. MEDICAL SOURCES: ARAFAT ILL WITH SEVERE KIDNEY DISEASE. MA’ARIV 1. (…). THE TRUE STORY. This is the man that Israel is prepared to release 400 terrorists for. Major lapse uncovered: How could businessman with criminals for friends advance up reserve duty ladder without setting off any warning lights? (…). He fell heavily into debt over gambling at Jericho casino. Despite reports: Sharon determined to continue with POW deal. (…). YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. (…). THE TRAP. (…). ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Hatzofeh refers to the controversy over the air force’s recent strikes against terrorists in the Gaza Strip and complains that the Palestinians are setting the pace in the public relations campaign. The editors remark that, “Israel is being forced to defend itself against claims of killing civilians instead of concentrating on terrorism and its despicable acts.” The paper believes that, “The security services are acting appropriately with the human scum in the Gaza Strip and in Judea and Samaria; those who provide them with sanctuary cannot complain about civilian casualties.” Yediot Ahronot says that yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to release for publication details regarding the abduction of Elhanan Tannenbaum, “was both reasonable and logical.” The editors refer to the public debate over the projected deal to release imprisoned terrorists in exchange for Israeli MIAs and POWs and assert that, “In order to…conduct this important and substantive debate, the discussion must be cleared of lies, myths and assumptions.” BPI.