HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

17,11,2003 HA’ARETZ 1. AL-QAIDA TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR ISTANBUL DOUBLE TERROR ATTACK. Assessment: Complexity of attack attests to cooperation of international elements; several hundred kilograms of explosives in car bombs. (…). Al-Qaida: “Present for Jerusalem.” Arafat: illustration of suffering of victims of violence. 2. ISRAELI SOURCES: NO COMPLAINTS AGAINST TURKISH SECURITY COMPANY. “Despite tragedy, we must say that protection of Turkish community is almost perfect.”


3. CHIEF-OF-STAFF THREATENS: WE MAY ATTACK SYRIA AGAIN. 4. Territories: Quiet understanding at outposts. ESTABLISHMENT OF OUTPOSTS HALTED AND SETTLERS REINFORCING THOSE IN EXISTENCE. 5. G.A: In shadow of worrying surveys. PURPOSE: STRENGTHEN CONNECTION WITH ISRAEL (AND RAISE MONEY). 6. ARAFAT INVESTED $8 MILLION IN ISRAELI HIGH RISK CAPITAL FUND. HATZOFEH 1. Turkish security sources: Attacks perpetrated by Arab suicide terrorists. THE DAY AFTER. (…). Turkish papers report that Israel warned Turks of intention to perpetrate terror attack. Israel denies reports. Minister Silvan Shalom visits those injured in Turkey and meets Jewish community leaders. Concern over fate of missing elderly Jewish woman from one of the synagogues. 2. RAFIAH TUNNEL ENGINEER CAPTURED. 3. GOVERNMENT WORKERS CANCEL INTENSIFICATION OF SANCTIONS. MA’ARIV 1. (…). “I’M SCARED THEY’LL COME BACK TO KILL ME.” Aharon Cohen had been planning his bar mitzvah for months. (…). YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Istanbul terror attack: Foreign Ministry issues new instructions for travelers. WARNING: RECONSIDER TRAVELLING TO TURKEY. Uncertainty in Jerusalem whether to issue stronger warning but were satisfied with gentler version – for diplomatic reasons. (…). ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot believes that the US administration has decided to disengage from Iraq and that this will have a strongly negative effect on the moderate, pro-western regimes in the Arab world. The editors call on the government and the security forces to prepare for this eventuality, “by lowering the tension between us and the Palestinian Authority.” The paper urges the government, “to formulate some sort of joint diplomatic document together with the Palestinians,” and says that US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s statement in support of the so-called Geneva initiative must be understood as a reprimand to the government for lacking a program of its own. The editors hope that a meeting between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Abu Ala will bear fruit. Hatzofeh asserts that, “Whoever monitors anti-Semitic incidents will easily discover that after the Six Day War, for example, it was at a very low point. Anti-Semitism raises its head when it smells weakness. From weakness it draws strength, and when Israel is portrayed as weak and the US with it – this is the appropriate time to strike at the Jews, given that Europe, especially France, usually makes do with lip service condemnations.” The editors call on Israel and the US to adopt a much more aggressive policy in fighting terror. BPI