MA’ARIV 1. WAITING FOR SUHA. Doctors in Paris: Chairman’s wife delaying disconnecting him from life support machine. In the meantime: Hamas wants part in government. 2. LAST NIGHT: SOLDIER KILLED – APPARENTLY FROM FRIENDLY FIRE. Fire opened against soldier near Tul-Karm around midnight. From preliminary investigations it appears that shots were from same unit. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. (.). THE GIRLS HAVE GONE. (.). 2. SUHA DELAYING MACHINES FROM BEING DISCONNECTED. Drama around Arafat’s bed. Doctors received instructions: don’t carry out tests which will finally pronounce him dead. According to the law, decision to disconnect him from life support machine must be given by his wife. (.). 3. ISRAELI KILLED IN TUL-KARM.
______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot remarks that „Even if he survives, Arafat will not return to lead his people” and believes that it will be a long time before the Palestinian leadership is stable. The editors argue that it is unclear as to whether the new leadership will encourage the continuation of violence and terror attacks or whether they will distance themselves from this policy. The paper encourages the government to continue with the disengagement plan in either eventuality. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, rejects comparisons made between President Bush and Prime Minister Sharon and suggests that a strong Labor leader could result in a change of leadership in Israel. BPI-info