HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. SHARON: FIGHT REBELS WITH FULL FORCE; REBELS: HE IS LEADING THE LIKUD TOWARDS SPLIT. 2. LIEBERMAN HOPING FOR 12 SEATS WITH NEW RUSSIAN PARTY. 3. 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM KHAN YUNIS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED BY IDF FIRE THAT PENETRATED HER CLASSROOM. 4. ISA TORPEDOES LEGISLATION THAT WOULD MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO CONVICT ACCUSED SOLELY ON BASIS OF CONFESSION. HATZOFEH 1. Sharon convenes Likud supporters and boycotts rebel MKs. OUTRAGE IN LIKUD: “SHARON IS SPLITTING THE PARTY.” PM to his supporters: I will act harshly toward those who voted against me. Lapid proposes referendum to Sharon, PM adamantly refuses.


2. DISENGAGEMENT PLAN: FURTHER CONTEMPT FOR GOVERNMENT – THIS TIME IN KNESSET FINANCE COMMITTEE. Finance Ministry withdraws request to transfer NIS 5 million to disengagement plan – due to fear of defeat. MK Slomiansky: There is clear coalition majority against disengagement plan. 3. MOFAZ FAILS TO PERSUADE RABBI YOSEF TO ANNOUNCE SUPPORT FOR DISENGAGEMENT PLAN. 4. EITAM AND RABBI LEVY HINT: WE WILL QUIT NRP IF IT DOESN’T LEAVE COALITION WITHIN TWO WEEKS. 5. CHIEF-OF-STAFF: IDF FOILED AL-QAIDA ATTACK. 6. IDF ADMITS: WE ERRED IN KASSAM AMBULANCE AFFAIR. 7. EVACUATION OF OUTPOSTS POSTPONED – APPARENTLY TO NEXT WEEK. 8. FAILED ATTEMPT TO ELIMINATE MUSA ARAFAT. 9. VISIT TO WARSAW GHETTO. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom left yesterday on official visit to Poland. On his first day, he visited Warsaw ghetto and laid wreath at memorial. MA’ARIV 1. SENIOR LIKUD MEMBERS: GIVE UP ON SHARON. Sharon: There is no choice, we will turn to haredim and Labor. On Likud rebels: They are inciting, we will punish them. 2. PLAN: ISOLATE JERUSALEM DURING RAMADAN. Goal: Prevent hundreds of thousands of worshippers from attending Friday prayers on Temple Mount due to fear of collapse of Solomon’s Stables. 3. GOING TO THE RABBI. Against of Likud calls to give up on Shinui, DM met with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef yesterday in effort to persuade him to support disengagement plan. 4. POLL: 48% OPPOSE ABORTIONS. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Yediot Ahronot and Mina Tzemah/Dahaf poll: 46% want elections. SHARON WORKING TO BRING IN LABOR AND HAREDIM. Convened his Likud supporters yesterday for first time and explained: Preferable to go with Labor than to hold early elections. Outraged at rebels: I will not capitulate to rudeness and brazen gall. 2. CONTACTS ON SETTING UP PARTY TO COMPETE WITH NRP. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner summoned Eitam and Levy to secret consultations: “NRP has reached end of its path.” 3. REGIMENT COMMANDER WHO SHOT GIRL IN RAFIAH DISMISSED. Investigation against officer who carried out kill confirmation began following Yediot Ahronot revelations. 4. Global survey: ISRAELIS HAVE SEX TWICE A WEEK. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot comments on the political unrest in the Likud and writes: “The moment of truth – which all parties have dreaded since 10.6.67, one hour after victory in the Six Day War – has, perhaps, arrived. Sharon, as Prime Minister, needs to bring under his wings all Zionist parties that support his plan and leave the (extreme?) right to his right and the (extreme?) left to his left. Polls show that such a new political bloc is assured of a large majority, with no need of assistance from fragments of parties, neither from the right nor the left. The alternative, as it appears in the wake of Sharon’s failure two days ago, is chaos in all political alignments.” Hatzofeh dismisses the recent Jaffe Center for Strategic Studies report for determining that, “Israel is approaching the disengagement plan from a position of strength.” Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, commends Technion Professors Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. BPI-info