16.12.2003 HA’ARETZ 1. ISRAEL AND US: ABU ALA “TO COLLAPSE WITHIN SIX MONTHS.” Meeting of prime ministers delayed; Livnat to support “moving three or four communities” – and demands annexation of territories. 2. FOR FIRST TIME: NEGATIVE ANNUAL CPI EXPECTED. HATZOFEH 1. (…). BUSH: WE WILL NOT LEAVE IRAQ UNTIL JOB IS DONE. (…). Dozens of Palestinians demonstrate in Khan Yunis in support of Saddam. 2. TODAY: YESHA COUNCIL TO REVEAL PERMITS GOVERNMENT ISSUED FOR MIGRON – FIRST COMMUNITY DESIGNATED FOR EVACUATION. Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu: If evacuation is decided upon, right-wing parties must quit government immediately.

3. [JUSTICE MINISTER] LAPID: MY MINISTRY IS PUTTING TOGETHER FILE AGAINST SADDAM DUE TO SCUDS. 4. SURPRISE: NOVEMBER CPI DECLINES BY 0.2%. MA’ARIV 1. Thus General Staff Reconnaissance Unit was ready to kill Saddam. THE ELIMINATION THAT WAS CALLED OFF. Place: Cemetery in Saddam’s hometown. Plan: Israeli commandos would ambush dictator during uncle’s funeral. Deadly weapon: Secret missiles. But on morning of 5.11.92, disaster occurred. Human error during exercise at Tze’ elim killed five soldiers. IDF folded plan and Saddam’s life was spared. 2. SHARON: EVACUATION OF ALL JEWS FROM GAZA STRIP. Ahead of his speech at Herzliya Conference, PM let ministers in on his diplomatic plan. Livnat: Evacuation of settlements in exchange for annexation. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Now it can be revealed: Secret General Staff Reconnaissance Unit operation. THUS IDF PLANNED TO ELIMINATE SADDAM. Year: 1992. Plan: Reconnaissance Unit soldiers would land in Iraq and eliminate Saddam during family event. Place: Short distance from hole in which Saddam was captured Sunday. Weapon: Guided missile. Result: Plans for daring operation ended in tragic “Tze’elim Bet” disaster when missile that was designed to eliminate “Saddam” in exercise killed five soldiers. Soldier who played Saddam was only lightly wounded. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot discusses the incidence in Israel of acts of violence in the context of organized crime and suggests that the Israeli cultural milieu “is a greenhouse for violence.” The editors explain: “This is a society of immigrants who have yet to develop an ethos that is acceptable to all. This is a divided society in which significant sectors believe that the regime is out to get them. This is an inarticulate society whose members find it difficult to settle their disagreements with words. This is a society, a majority of whose citizens were trained to kill and learned how to step on the weaker among them. This is a materialistic and competitive society, tense enough to burst and crowded from elbow-to-elbow. This is a society that has torn its social safety net at a time when it is mired in an economic recession.” The paper suggests that until Israelis recognize the foregoing, nothing much can be done about the incidence of acts of violence in the context of organized crime. Hatzofeh evaluates the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein by American forces and its possible repercussions on Iraq. The editors assert that, “The murderous crimes perpetrated by Saddam Hussein require that he be tried by a special war crimes tribunal that has the authority to apply the death penalty.” BPI