HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

2003-03-07
HA’ARETZ
1. HIGH ALERT: TERROR ATTACK AT EREZ CHECKPOINT FAILED, TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM FOILED.
Traffic jams at entrance to cities in Sharon area and Jerusalem due to checkpoints.
2. Tannenbaum affair:
TANNENBAUM WILL NOT BE INDICTED FOR TRANSFERRING SECURITY INFORMATION.
3. SHARON’S ALTERNATIVE: COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL FROM GAZA, AND GRADUAL WITHDRAWAL FROM WEST BANK.
4. BUSH’S AIDES: ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST SYRIA „SOON.”
No diplomatic sanctions: US angry over support of terror.
HATZOFEH
1. „Creative” cooperation between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah.
PURIM MIRACLE AT CHECKPOINT.
Plan: Enormous attack against IDF soldiers at Erez checkpoint. Event: At about 10:30am taxi arrived at Palestinian gate and immediately exploded.
Trick: Afterwards two jeeps camouflaged as IDF vehicles arrived in the area.
One blew up next to Palestinian gate. The second continued towards the IDF soldiers and was immediately hit. Result: 4 Palestinian policemen murdered, 15 injured. No injuries to Israeli forces.
2. US ADMINISTRATION EXPECTED TO SUPPORT DISENGAGEMENT PLAN.
3. COUNTRY CELEBRATING PURIM UNDER HEAVY SECURITY.
MA’ARIV
1. Expose: hundreds of terrorists training for the day after the withdrawal.
HAMAS ESTABLISHING ARMY IN GAZA.
Those recruited are put through variety of exercises and are gathering weapons in emergency stockrooms. Purpose: peoples’ army will try to take control of Gaza after Israeli withdrawal.
2. TANNENBAUM: HIZBULLAH’S FOOD TASTIER.
YEDIOT AHRONOT
1. Despite foils: warnings for dozens of terror attacks over holiday.
TWO TERROR ATTACKS THWARTED IN JERUSALEM.
Attempted terror attack at Erez checkpoint: terrorists disguised as soldiers infiltrated in vehicle which looked like IDF jeep. Soldiers recognized that they were not soldiers – and killed them.


SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot questions why Egypt turned down an Israeli invitation to speak in the Knesset to commemorate 25 years since the peace treaty was signed between the two countries. The editors declare that „Egypt has a clear international interest in appearing as an important Arab diplomatic authority in the region” and recognizes that they make efforts to advance the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. However, the paper points out, that at the same time, the Egyptians act to increase the divisions between the two countries, „both politically – in everything relating to their lack of willingness to deal with blocking the.tunnels, in the disagreement over the Philadelphia route, in the Azaam Azaam episode, in retracting their ambassador – and also on the civilian plain, in building trade and cultural connection which will bring the two nations closer together. In all these areas, Egypt’s executive is not talking peace.”
Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, notes that the public is completely confused over the Tannenbaum affair which has many unanswered questions.
The editors believe that the Prime Minister’s loss of credibility should be of great concern to him and that the ramifications could be „far reaching.”
The paper suggests that the consequences could affect the Prime Minister on an international level and that he is now perceived at home and abroad as „someone whose true motivations have disappeared and whose responsibility is limited.”
Hatzofeh comments on the large number of scandals surrounding Prime Minister Sharon and his family, and says that „In return for the Prime Minister’s salary, we deserve better explanations from him.”
Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, asks when a „football game between two top teams will be a sporting event and not a civil war.”