23 May 2004 HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS HA’ARETZ 1. TENSION BETWEEN IDF AND SHARON: ARMY OPPOSES PLAN FOR DISENGAGEMENT IN STAGES. 2. ISRAEL PLANNING: COMPENSATION TO HUNDREDS OF PALESTINIANS WHOSE HOMES WERE DEMOLISHED DURING WIDENING OF PHILADELPHIA CORRIDOR. 3. LIEBERMAN INITIATING ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW RUSSIAN POLITICAL PARTY IN COOPERATION WITH SHARANSKY. 4. SUICIDE BOMBER EXPLODES AT BEKAOT CHECKPOINT. Checkpoint commander lightly wounded. 5. ONE IN THREE ISRAELI YOUTHS WANTS TO LIVE ABROAD. 43% of youth support refusal to serve, for various reasons. 60% of youth and 58% of adults want “strong leader.” Half of youth don’t feel part of state and its problems. Only 29% of youth proved to be politically aware. 13% would act illegally if they opposed security decision. Four out five are “proud to be Israeli.” Arab youth are more interested in politics than Russian youth.

HATZOFEH 1. Deadly weekend on roads: Eight dead. THIS MORNING: HIGH SCHOOL STRIKE LIKELY. (…). 2. NAHAL HAREDI UNIT FOILS JORDAN VALLEY TERROR ATTACK. IDF activity in Rafiah continues. War materiel smuggling tunnel discovered over weekend in Brazil neighborhood in Rafiah. OC Gaza: There is clear and immediate danger of war materiel – that could severely hurt our forces – being infiltrated from Gaza. 3. ARAFAR, AT ARAB SUMMIT: READY FOR SOLUTION THAT WOULD INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL SUPERVISION. 4. RICHARD GERE TO ARRIVE IN ISRAEL NEXT MONTH. MA’ARIV 1. WEST BANK MAJORITY FOR HAMAS. New poll: For first time, Hamas is strongest political party in Samaria. In meantime, in Rafiah: Neighborhood fighting expands. Sharon in efforts to obtain government majority for improved disengagement plan. Today: Security establishment to discuss new plan. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. CONTACTS ON UNITY. Sharon sent his confidant Uri Shani to secret meeting at Peres’ home. 2. 43% OF YOUTH SUPPORT REFUSAL TO SERVE. Democracy Institute survey on young people’s views also found that 73% see their future in the country and 52% feel part of the state. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Hatzofeh is outraged that Marwan Barghouti was acquitted of 33 counts of murder due to a legal loophole and demands that changes be made in the law, retroactively, so that, “the insufferable reality” in which terrorist leaders can be, “freed of their responsibility,” be changed. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, notes that under the Oslo accords, Israel withdrew from Gaza 10 years ago this week, but suggests that “Gaza has not left Israel.” However, the editors add that, “10 years after withdrawal from Gaza, we are in there more than ever before. We conquer, destroy, detain…the time has come where we should really be free of Gaza, and that it should be free of us.” Yediot Ahronot discusses the proposed changes to the education system. BPI.