HA’ARETZ 1. READINESS IN ISRAEL TO GIVE ABU MAZEN “MANUVERING ROOM”: IDF REFRAINING FROM WIDE-RANGING ACTION IN GAZA. 2. Day of mourning in Sderot today: BETWEEN FUNERALS AND DEMONSTRATIONS, DESIRE TO LEAVE BEING DISCUSSED IN SDEROT. 3. CONCERN: TERRORISTS WILL LEARN FROM CAR THIEVES HOW TO BYPASS FENCE. 4. HALACHIC RULING: PREFERABLE TO DIE RATHER THAN TO PARTICIPATE IN EVACUATION OF COMMUNITIES. Noam Livnat: 10,000 soldiers have signed commitment to violate order. 5. “BUZI” TAKES CONTROL: PROCLAIMS REVOLUTION AT HOUSING MINISTRY. Minister Yitzhak Herzog: All Ministry tenders will be re-examined, budget festival for outposts over. 6. CITIZENSHIP LAW RESTRICTIONS ON PALESTINIANS TO BE APPROVED. Justice Ministry: Proposal has been softened; “family unification” to be approved for women over 25 and men over 35. 7. RESRVE MAJOR-GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE SUSPICION OF UNAUTHORIZED DEMOLITION OF HOMES IN KHAN YUNIS. Possible that significant steps will be taken against those involved in affair. HATZOFEH 1. Kassam fire on Sderot continues – Mayor Eli Moyal criticizes government. “CITY RESIDENTS FEEL ABANDONED.” Today: Sderot residents to hold day of mourning following recent events – all businesses and educational institutions in city will be closed. Sharon, at Cabinet meeting: Palestinian leadership is not doing anything to halt firing. PLO Executive Committee calls on terrorist organizations to halt violent struggle. 2. SDEROT MAYOR: “STATE IS BELITTLING US.” In republished on YNET Sderot forum, Eli Moyal writes: “It is impossible to live in this city any more.” On state: It has lost respect of its citizens. On Sharon: He must bring about quiet in Sderot even if it means occupying Gaza and setting Gaza Strip aflame. 3. IDF WITHDRAWS FORCES THAT HAD BEEN GUARDING COMMUNITY OF YITZHAR. 4. 20 TERRORISTS HIT DURING OPERATION “EASTERN STEP” IN GAZA STRIP. 5. AMOS 3 SATELLITE PROJECT ON ITS WAY. MA’ARIV 1. Sharon decides to give Abu Mazen another chance. RESTRAINT. Decided in Israel not to respond to Kassam barrage but Sderot residents are fed up with restraint. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Eight-year-old Idan from Sderot writes to PM: “AT NIGHT, I DREAM OF ROCKETS.” Today: Mourning and strike in Sderot. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot says that, “The declared goal of the terrorist organizations is to prove that they – in their war against Israel – forced it to run from Gaza. In fact, this is a complete distortion of reality. But facts aren’t important, neither in the Palestinian national experience nor among Arab public opinion makers. From their point-of-view, only image is important…And what would happen if in reto the terrorist wave of Kassams, Israel cancels the disengagement? Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other armed terrorist organizations would jump for joy. The occupation serves and strengthens them, stopping the occupation frightens them. Quiet, from their point-of-view, is elimination.” The editors believe that, “If Abu Mazen wants to save the disengagement and assure the liberation of the Gaza Strip and the continuation of his rule, he must declare all-out war on the terrorist organizations operating there.” Hatzofeh asserts that, “There is no chance that Abu Mazen will carry out the Israeli demand to halt terrorism,” because, “Any such will lead to his immediate elimination.” The editors believe that, “Freezing the talks with the Palestinians is mere lip service,” and suggests that, “The trickster Abu Mazen is now winning admiration from Europe and the US and it is only a matter of time before powerful foreign and domestic pressure is placed on Ariel Sharon to begin talks with the new Palestinian leadership.” Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, suggests that, “When the next Governor [of the Bank of Israel] takes over the conduct of monetary policy, he will discover that the anti-inflationary legacy of his predecessor is much more problematic than he thought.” BPI-info