HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. ISRAEL TO ALLOW ABU MAZEN TO VISIT EASTERN JERUSALEM BEFORE ELECTIONS. Not decided yet how Israel will react if he asks to visit Temple Mount. 2. YESHA LEADERS WARN CHIEF-OF-STAFF: ON EVACUATION DAY, THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS WILL REFUSE ORDER. 3. SHARON ADVANCING PLAN TO LINK MAALEH ADUMIM TO JERUSALEM. Processes begun by which Maaleh Adumim lands will be declared state lands. 4. Pluralism – yes; controversy – no. 100 MANDATORY CONCEPTS FOR ISRAELI STUDENTS: WITHOUT HOLOCAUST AND WITHOUT ARABS. 5. ISRAELI CRITICALLY WOUNDED BY KASSAM FIRE AT EREZ; POLICE ASSESSMENT: MURDER OF BEIT GUVRIN SECURITY GUARD – NATIONALISTIC. Channel 10’s Palestinian cameraman seriously wounded by IDF fire in northern Gaza Strip. 6. AID TO TSUNAMI DISASTER SURVIVORS BEGINNING TO REACH ISOLATED AREAS. Three Israeli disaster victims laid to rest. HATZOFEH 1. Resident of Nisanit severely wounded by mortar round fired in Erez Industrial Zone area. DESPITE WORSENING OF KASSAMS, IDF LEAVING NORTHERN GAZA STRIP. IDF activity in Beit Hanun area ended within a day. IDF also leaves Khan Yunis. Three Kassam rockets fired at Sderot – one falls in house yard, wounding woman and causing structural damaging. 2. SECURITY GUARD AT BEIT GUVRIN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE MURDERED. 3. SHARON’S BUREAU LOSING PATIENCE OVER UNITED TORAH JUDAISM FOOTDRAGGING. MA’ARIV 1. Government’s fate in hands of Rabbi Elyashiv. THE RABBI WILL DECIDE. Will Government fall or be expanded? Will disengagement be carried out or frozen? Only Rabbi Elyashiv can answer these questions. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Settler leaders warn Chief-of-Staff: “WE ARE LOSING CONTROL, THOUSANDS WILL REFUSE ORDER.” Disengagement: Chief-of-Staff to yesha leaders – Take responsibility for settlers. OC Southern Command – If there is mass refusal, deal is over. Settlers – Wave of refusal will be like tsunami. Terrorism: Security guard at Beit Guvrin National Park murdered by shots to his head. Suspicion – Terror cell operating in area. Resident of Nisanit critically wounded by mortar shell. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot discusses statements made by Yesha leaders to the Chief-of-Staff yesterday that thousands of soldiers will refuse orders to evacuate Jewish communities in the context of the Disengagement Plan. The editors wonder why such a meeting took place at all since, “Every citizen has the right to refuse to serve in the army, as long as they accept the punishment set out in the law for such an action.” However, the paper argues that this is a situation that has existed for years and says that the blame lies with the Prime Minister, “who does not lead at all…he leaves his officers – who volunteer to do work that is not theirs – exposed on the ground.” Hatzofeh comments on a US investigation into the finances of the World Jewish Congress. BPI-info