HAARETZ 1. LOW VOTER TURNOUT IN ELECTIONS; LIKUD AND LABOR: WE WON. HULDAI REELECTED IN TEL AVIV, BAR IN RAMAT GAN, TERNER IN BEER SHEVA, FEIRBERG IN NETANYA. ( ). 2. IDF TO GOVERNMENT: ATTITUDE TOWARDS ABU MAZEN WAS MISTAKEN; GESTURES NEEDED FOR ABU ALA BECAUSE HIS FAILURE WILL BRING CHAOS.
3. NUMBER OF POOR FAMILIES GREW BY 300% IN 14 YEARS. Increase despite increase in payments; tomorrow: National Insurance poverty report. HATZOFEH 1. Public voted with its feet only 26% of Tel Aviv voters bothered to go to polls. APATHY TRIUMPHANT. ( ). 2. SENIOR TANZIM TERRORIST DIRECTED BY HIZBALLAH SHOT AND KILLED BY UNDERCOVER TROOPS IN TULKARM. 3. NUMBER OF POOR FAMILIES IN ISRAEL GREW BY 300% OVER 13 YEARS. 4. PESSIMISM AHEAD OF TODAYS PERETZ-NETANYAHU MEETING. 5. MOFAZ: IDF PREPARED FOR MAJOR ATTACK BEING PLANNED BY HIZBALLAH. 6. ABU ALA TO FORM GOVERNMENT NEXT WEEK. MAARIV 1. 2003 local elections: Lowest turnout in history of state. APATHY WINS. ( ). 2. SEVERE TENSION BETWEEN IDF LEADERSHIP AND MOFAZ. Background: Disagreement over easing restrictions on Palestinians. 3. THREE TIMES MORE POOR FAMILIES IN 13 YEARS. 320,000 households below poverty line. 4. NAVAL COMMANDO DISASTER OCCURRED DUE TO ISRAELI AGENT, according to Nasrallahs deputy. Added: We waited for them on the beach. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. ( ). IDF: GOVERNMENT POLICY IS RUINOUS. Chief-of-Staff demanded easing of curfew restrictions on Palestinians, ISA Director sharply opposed and DM postponed decision from week to week. Municipal elections were his latest justification. We were miserly towards Abu Mazen and must not make same mistake with Abu Ala. Dirani is no asset for obtaining information about Ron Arad. Mofaz: Significant easing of restrictions beginning today. 2. ( ). APATHY VICTORIOUS. Only 50% voted in council elections. ( ). ______________________________ Hatzofeh argues that the recent Hizballah attack in the north proves that Hizballah was prepared for an IDF response along the entire border, and that the response did not even scratch the sleeve of this crazy terrorist organization. The paper criticizes the government for acting cautiously vis-a-vis Hizballah and calls for strong military against it. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, notes that although we live in a time when the headlines of two hours ago are already irrelevant it is still possible to ask if there is a different military solution, a different diplomatic solution. Is there an alternative? Yediot Ahronot discusses the current situation in Iraq and says that from Israels point-of-view the US must prevail since any other alternative is inconceivable.