HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

2.11.2003 HA’ARETZ 1. ON WAY TO STRIKE: FINANCE MINISTRY PROPOSES FUND FOR THOSE HURT BY PENSIONS, HISTADRUT PROPOSES PACKAGE DEAL. Today: Changes in El Al flights and disruptions at BGI. Supply of petrol to stations halted in order to create shortage. Tomorrow: Disruptions in electricity, water and public transportation. Bank branches to close; ATMs will not be filled. Most afternoon day care employees and university administrative employees will not work. No rubbish collection in local authorities. 2. Memorial: Approximately 100,000 attend memorial rally, eight years after Rabin murder. SIGNS IN SQUARE WERE VERY POLITICAL, BUT CROWD WAS QUIET AND COURTEOUS. 3. FILE ON APPEL’S “GREEK ISLAND” AFFAIR TO BE COMPLETED SEPARATELY FROM SHARON AND OLMERT INVESTIGATIONS.


4. Easing of restrictions – Plan: Employment for 120,000 with reduced friction with Israelis. IDF LOOKING FOR SOURCES OF INCOME FOR PALESTINIANS. 5. EUROPEAN POLL: ISRAEL – COUNTRY THAT MOST ENDANGERS WORLD PEACE. HATZOFEH 1. (…). NIGHT MEETING BETWEEN NETANYAHU AND PERETZ IN LAST EFFORT TO PREVENT STRIKE. Netanyahu to Peretz: We will not repeal legislation but will set up special budgetary fund to deal with exceptional pension arrangements. Histadrut demanding six-month timeout in Finance Ministry steps. (…). 2. Eight years after murder of Yitzhak Rabin. RABIN MEMORIAL VANDALIZED; “KAHANE WAS RIGHT” SPRAYED IN SEVERAL PLACES. 100,000 attended Rabin memorial rally in Tel Aviv last night. In his speech, Peres attacked Sharon: “His declarations about his desire for peace are baseless.” 3. TERRORIST HID EXPLOSIVES BELT UNDERNEATH HIS INFANT DAUGHTER’S BED. Belt found in Hizme village weighed over 10 kg. Severe damage to building due to controlled explosion. 4. 59% OF EUROPEANS: ISRAEL DANGER TO WORLD. MA’ARIV 1. First publication: Shinui’s diplomatic plan. SHINUI PROPOSING: EVACUATION OF NETZARIM IN EXCHANGE FOR QUIET. Ministers Lapid, Poraz and Paritzky agree: Israel must offer to Palestinians – evacuation of Netzarim within several months, in exchange for halt to attacks and war on terror. Lapid to present initiative to Sharon. 2. TOMORROW: COUNTRY HALTS. Today: (…). BGI to close between 14:00-16:00. Tomorrow: (…). Hospitals warn: “Hospitalized patients will die because of strike.” 3. POLL IN EUROPE: ISRAEL – GREATEST RISK TO WORLD PEACE. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. “ISRAEL – GREATEST DANGER TO WORLD PEACE.” This is what most Europeans think about us. Astonishment in Jerusalem over results of EU poll. German MP, in sharp anti-Semitic outburst: “Jews are nation of murderers.” 2. The great strike. DISRUPTIONS STARTING. (…). Today: Last effort to avoid strike tomorrow. 3. REMEMBERING RABIN. Last night: Approximately 100,000 attended rally to mark eight years since assassination of PM Yitzhak Rabin. (…). 4. SHARON IN CONTACTS WITH ABU-ALA. “Checking possibility of easing sanctions on Palestinians.” 5. ISRAELIS BEATEN ON JORDANIAN PLANE. Amir and Dror Gal: Security guards did not intervene. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot discusses the desecration of the memorial to Yitzchak Rabin and argues that the major issues which led up to his murder have not been resolved. Hatzofeh declares that there is no, “justifiable reason for the huge strike being planned by the Histadrut,” and suggests that attempts to “prevent [economic] changes are irresponsible.” The editors agree that, “The public has an interest in a strong union that will prevent any harm to the workers,” but claim that, “The Histadrut’s behavior in itself harms the workers and strengthens those who are corrupt.” BPI.