5,11,2003 HA’ARETZ 1. IDF REQUESTING ADDITIONAL HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS TO PROTECT SETTLEMENTS. 2. INSTRUCTIONS TO SOLDIERS IN NETZARIM: KILL PALESTINIANS LOOKING THROUGH BINOCULARS. 3. US TO DEDUCT COST OF CONSTRUCTING FENCE IN BEN-GURION AIRPORT AREA FROM GUARANTEES. In talks between two sides it was agreed that Israel would be able to build fence in area this way. 4. Remembering: Political tone at memorial ceremonies for Rabin; his son Yuval: Sharon must apologise. KNESSET CHAIRMAN ACCUSES: RABIN’S MEMORY IS BEING CYNICALLY USED TO SHUT PEOPLE UP. 5. BUDGET: MAJORITY EXPECTED IN TODAY’S VOTE. 6. THREAT OF STRIKE STILL EXISTS. No progress in talks between Treasury and Histadrut. 7. Territories: Sources in Palestinian Authority hope that calm on the streets will result in diplomatic progress. CHANGE OF DIRECTION? PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY CLAIMING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THWARTING TERROR ATTACKS. HATZOFEH 1. Knesset to discuss budget in first reading today. MAJ.-GEN. ASHKENAZI: SECURITY BUDGET IS “SECURITY EARTHQUAKE.” Says that, “We will not be able to provide security as it has been in the past.” Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee demands that Sharon appear before it following comments. Netanyahu and Peretz to meet today in effort to prevent strike tomorrow. Budget for 2004 stands at NIS 254.700 billion. Government spending NIS 2.5 million in campaign against Histadrut. 2. SHARON: THERE WILL BE DIFFICULT CONCESSIONS BUT NOT DAMAGE TO SECURITY. 3. 28.5% DECLINE IN INVESTMENTS IN INDUSTRY. MA’ARIV 1. Olmert: We have products which are 2-3 times more expensive than abroad. PLAN: REDUCE COSTS OF DOZENS OF PRODUCTS

. (…). 2. MOFAZ DECIDES: EVACUATION OF OUTPOSTS WITHIN DAYS. Today: 10-20 locations to be decided on. Decision: Due to strong American pressure against “Israeli foot-dragging.” YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. WARNING OF TERROR ATTACK ON “ISRAELI STREET” IN THAILAND. Counter terrorism Staff issued warning yesterday: Don’t visit Kawasan in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya. 2. REMEMBERING YOU, FRIEND. 8th anniversary of Yitzchak Rabin’s assassination to begin tonight. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Hatzofeh deplores the fact that the IDF has failed to properly equip the latest group of reservists to be stationed at Netzarim in the Gaza Strip. Yediot Ahronot discusses Prime Minister Sharon’s just-concluded visit to Russia and suggests that neither Russia nor the EU has any real intention of doing anything to seriously disrupt Iran’s nuclear program. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, deplores the recent defacing of the late Yitzhak Rabin’s grave on Mt. Herzl with graffiti extolling the late Rabbi Meir Kahane and wonders what motivated those responsible. The editors note that nobody has similarly desecrated Rabbi Kahane’s grave and suggests that most segments of Jewish society, “have values and moral codes,” that prohibit such things. Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, claims that, “What is clear is that the Finance Ministry, on the one hand, and the Histadrut, on the other, only know how to really try and resolve the problems between them when they are on the verge of a crisis.” The editors ask, “If the atmosphere at the talks was really good, and if it is possible to reach a solution – why did we need the cacophony that has prevailed up until now?” By:BPI