HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

, 03 May 2004 HA’ARETZ 1. SHARON, AFTER REFERENDUM DEFEAT: PUBLIC IS DISAPPOINTED, WE WILL MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS. GUSH KATIF MOTHER AND FOUR OF HER DAUGHTERS MURDERED IN GAZA STRIP SHOOTING ATTACK; LIKUD MEMBERS REJECT DISENGAGEMENT PLAN BY LARGE MAJORITY. Sharon: I will continue to lead country to the best of my ability. His advisers: He will have to change coalition – or quit. Olmert: Move cannot be stopped only because of results. PM’s confidants accuse Netanyahu of subterfuge. Yesha Council: Destruction prevented, public loves us. Assessment: US will support disengagement but less enthusiastically. IDF attacks Gaza and eliminates two senior Fatah members in Nablus. 2. Terrorist attack on Kisufim route: Father, David, left alone. TALI HATUEL AND HER DAUGHTERS MURDERED IN GAZA STRIP, EN ROUTE TO PERSUADE LIKUD MEMBERS TO OPPOSE WITHDRAWAL.


3. OFFICIAL: MACCABI HAIFA CHAMPIONS. 3-1 victory over Ahi Nazareth brings team its eighth title. HATZOFEH 1. Defeat for Sharon: At least 12% gap in favor of plan’s opponents. VICTIMS OF DISENGAGEMENT. By large margin, Likud members chose to be loyal to their party platform. Sharon: I regretfully accept voters’ decision. Murderous terror again strikes Jews in Gush Katif – Tali Hatuel and her four daughters murdered en route to persuade Likud voters in Sderot to vote against disengagement. 2. MACCABI HAIFA NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS. MA’ARIV 1. Sharon: I lost, I will present another plan. DEFEAT. 77,200 Likud members went to vote yesterday, to decide fate of disengagement plan. Decisive majority: No to evacuation of Gaza Strip, no to uprooting communities, no to plan. Political establishment wakes up to greatest shock in years. And now: Sharon to begin consultations on more modest alternative. 2. “MY TALI, I ASK FOREGIVENESS FROM YOU AND THE GIRLS.” (…). Mother and her daughters were traveling from Gush Katif to Ashkelon, to persuade voters in referendum. Terrorist ambush wiped out family in one go. 3. MACCABI HAIFA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. The vote: Likud members say, “No,” to Sharon. The response: Sharon – I will not resign, most of nation is with me. SHARON’S DEFEAT. While Sharon was voting, a mother from Gush Katif and her four daughters were murdered, and his advisers understood – result is decided. Less than 100,000 voters decided that Israel would not leave Gaza. Results with almost half of votes counted: 20% gap in favor of opponents. 2. THE SMILES WERE MURDERED. Merav, 4; Roni, 7; Hadar, 9; Hila, 11; and their mother, Tali Hatuel, 34, who was due to give birth to first son. Terrorists – with chilling brutality – shot each twice in the head. 3. GREENS WIN: MACCABI HAIFA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot defines the results of yesterday’s Likud referendum as, “an earthquake,” and says that the magnitude of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s defeat is, “a political fact that cannot be denied.” The editors believe that if Prime Minister Sharon, “wants to keep the disengagement plan alive, he will have to face a head-on clash with most of his party,” and decry, “Sharon’s arrogance and irresponsibility.” Hatzofeh cites yesterday’s murderous terrorist attack in the Gaza Strip and asserts that, “The quicker that we leave the Gaza Strip – Heaven forbid! – the more intensive terrorist attacks will be in Judea and Samaria and throughout Israel.” The editors remark: “Let us hope that yesterday’s terror victims will open Sharon’s eyes, which have been blinded.” BPI.