HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

4,4,2004 HA’ARETZ 1. ALERT AHEAD OF PASSOVER EVE: WARNINGS OF ATTEMPTS TO ATTACK SETTLEMENTS. Resident of Avnei Hefetz killed and his daughter wounded when terrorist infiltrated settlement; terrorist was released from detention four days ago. 2. ARAFAT: I AM NOT AFRAID OF SHARON’S THREATS; US RULES OUT ATTACKING PA CHAIRMAN. HATZOFEH 1. Terrorist who perpetrated attack in Avnei Hefetz was released from prison only one week ago. FESTIVAL WITHOUT DADDY. On Saturday night, terrorist, armed with AK-47, infiltrated community of Avnei Hefetz. Went from home to home until he saw home with lights on and opened fire – Hani Zagha, 14, wounded. Her father Yaacov (Kobi) went out, pistol in hand, in order to eliminate terrorist and was shot by him, and later died of his wounds. Soldiers fired at terrorist and eliminated him. Attempt to infiltrate Avnei Hefetz foiled only last Wednesday. Yesha Council Chairman: PM Sharon and DM Mofaz are responsible for attack.


2. FOLLOWING ATTACK: IDF ARRESTS HAMAS LEADERSHIP IN NABLUS. 3. RIOTING ON TEMPLE MOUNT. At end of Friday prayers, thousands of Palestinians rioted on Temple Mount and stoned policemen. Police forces burst onto Mount area and drove away rioters. Several young Palestinians barricaded themselves in mosques and continued to throw stones. Quiet restored to Mount only following Waqf promise to calm moods. Four policemen wounded in riots. Temple Mount disturbances follow sharp incitement by Jerusalem Waqf Chairman. [Jerusalem] Police commander Mickey Levy: “Whenever there are riots on Temple Mount and peace of Jewish worshippers at Western Wall is at risk, I will give order to burst onto Mount.” MA’ARIV 1. FATHER’S HEROISM. On Saturday night, terrorist infiltrated Zagha family home in Avnei Hefetz and opened fire. Father, Kobi, went out to defend his children and was murdered. 2. HAMAS: WE WILL BLOW UP THE KNESSET. Izadin Al Kassam terrorists indicate heightened goal. Knesset Speaker: I am taking threat seriously. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. DADDY SAVED US FROM DEATH AND PAID WITH HIS LIFE.” Wounded daughter of Yaacov Zagha, 42, who went out towards terrorist and was murdered – recounts drama at Avnei Hefetz home: I crawled with my sister. Mom hid children under beds. 2. GRENADE PLACED NEAR SHARON – AND NOT DISCOVERED. ISA failure in own exercise to check security. 3. PERES AND NETANYAHU FORCED TO REMOVE SHOES in security check before flights in US. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Hatzofeh notes that it is ironic that Peace Now, “the most extreme symbol of the extreme left,” is supporting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan, and argues that Prime Minister Sharon has overtaken the left, whose peace proposal at least included getting something in return for an Israeli withdrawal. Hatzofeh, in its second editorial, says that Prime Minister Sharon has caused much harm to Israel. Yediot Ahronot comments on Israeli bank revenues. BPI.