HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

19,04,2004 HA’ARETZ 1. TWO ISRAELI ARABS WHO TRIED TO PERPETRATE GALILEE SHOOTING ATTACK HIT BY BORDER POLICE FIRE. Resident of Kafr Kana shot to death, comrade moderately wounded; publication ban regarding their weapons. 2. ISRAEL TO CONSIDER HITTING HAMAS IN SYRIA. 3. HAMAS LOOKING FOR NEW LEADER – SECRETLY. 4. The isolated prisoner: Threatens to appeal to High Court of Justice. VANUNU SUPPORTERS AND POLICY SPOKESPERSONS PREPARING FOR “RELEASE FESTIVAL.” 5. DISENGAGEMENT PLAN STRENGTHENED: NETANYAHU AND LIVNAT SUPPORT. Harsh criticism on Netanyahu in Likud and Judea and Samaria. 6. LIEBERMAN AFFAIR: AUSTRIAN INQUIRY UNDERWAY. 7. PSYCHIATRIC OPINION: ELIRAN GOLAN NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS ACTIONS. 8. COMPETITION BEGINS – ISRAIR ALSO FLYING TO NEW YORK. Company flights to begin in summer, but prices are higher than expected: $700-1,000.


HATZOFEH 1. Most Likud ministers to support disengagement plan; Silvan Shalom has yet to announce his position. SHARON STEAMROLLER DEFEATS NETANYAHU AND LIVNAT. Sharon promised at Cabinet meeting: Large settlement blocs to remain in Israeli hands and will be outside negotiations with Palestinians. Fence around these blocs will be constructed before withdrawal is carried out. Netanyahu announces that he will support plan since three conditions he set have been fulfilled. Livnat: People want opportunity for change. Situation is unsettled, “We can always defend ourselves from places we withdraw from.” Disappointment in Likud over Netanyahu: We will disengage from him and look for other leader. Silvan Shalom freezes – for the time being – his official announcement on his position. To meet Sharon tomorrow in order to receive clarifications. 2. ISRAELI ARABS ATTACK BORDER POLICE VAN IN GALILEE. World condemns elimination of Rantisi. Democratic candidate for US presidency, John Kerry, supports elimination and disengagement. 3. TENNENBAUM ALMOST FREE MAN AS OF TODAY. MA’ARIV 1. WE WILL NEVER FORGET. Today: State remembers 6 million Jews who were slaughtered by the Nazis. 59 years later, only 70,000 survivors live in Israel. 2. Vanunu opens his mouth. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ME? Tomorrow at 11:00, atomic spy will be released from prison. Ahead of his release, he was interviewed and filmed by Prisons Service, tape to be broadcast tonight on Channel 10. “Judaism is a backward religion,” he says, “I don’t owe you anything.” 3. LAST NIGHT: SHOOTING ATTACK NEAR GOLANI JUNCTION. Two Israeli Arabs ambushed police van and opened fire at it. Policemen were not hurt and killed one assailant. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. VANUNU TALKS. “The Dimona reactor must be destroyed just like the Iraqi core was. I will have a computer and the Internet and you can’t do anything to me. I think that I did well. Billions of people around the world see me as a hero.” Atomic spy, who will be released on Wednesday, in first interview and photos from prison. Interview – tonight on Channel 10. 2. REMEMBERING. Israel remembers 6 million who perished in the holocaust. Sirens to wail at 10:00 this morning. 3. Disengagement referendum. “NETANYAHU’S SUPPORT ASSURES VICTORY.” 4. Terrorist attack foiled in north. ISRAELI ARAB CELL CAPTURED. Opened fire at Border Police near Nazareth. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Both papers comment on various aspects relating to Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day: Hatzofeh censures the “enlightened West” for continuing to support those who want to continue Adolf Hitler’s work. The editors point out that the West has supported Arab countries’ efforts to obtain or build weapons of mass destruction and that, “The European states want Israel to withdraw to the 1967 borders, despite the fact that they know that no one can be happy with such an idea, and they remain passive in the face of Hezbollah’s preparations to strike at the whole of northern Israel.” The paper praises the government for eliminating Yassin and Rantisi, but censures it for considering evacuating Jews from their homes, which, “is an expression of weakness and capitulation to those who want to murder Israeli citizens.” Yediot Ahronot points out that while time generally erases memory, “Remembering the Holocaust, principally in Israel, has undergone an interesting and contrary process,” in which the connection to it has become stronger. “The years have not wiped out the memory,” and in fact, whereas in the years immediately following the war, survivors remained silent, in the last 20 years there has been a flourishing of awareness with films, museums etc. The editors praise the fact that we have succeeded, “in the battle for remembering and ensuring a feeling of solidarity with the survivors,” but criticize the fact that many survivors have been neglected in their old age. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, urges its readers to stop using words relating to the Holocaust when describing various current political events.
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