HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. SHARON TO RECONSIDER WHETHER OR NOT TO DEMOLISH HOMES OF SETTLERS WHO WILL BE EVACUATED IN DISENGAGEMENT. Disengagement numbers: 1,780 homes, over 120 public structures (approximately 30,000 square meters) and 30 synagogues. 2. SUSPICION: JNF SUBSIDIARY FRAUDULENTLY ACQUIRED LAND FROM PALESTINIANS. 3. PUBLISHED 36 YEARS LATER – DETAILS OF LEGAL STRUGGLE OVER BOOK “THE HOUSE ON GARIBALDI STREET.” 4. DEMAND THAT IDF OPEN ATLIT FORTRESS TO VISITORS. HATZOFEH 1. Justice Ministry to establish unit for struggle against “incitement.” SHARON DICTATORSHIP’S “THOUGHT POLICE.” Despite pressure from Labor ministers, ISA Director told Cabinet meeting that administrative detention is inadvisable “at this stage.” Ministers competed to see who was “strongest” against inciters and those making threats. Basi’s administration sends letters of desperation; settlers: Waste of money. Right-wing journalist arrested and released – on condition that he remain home at night. 2. SHARON TO PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: WAR ON TERRORISM – CONDITION FOR DIPLOMATIC PROGRESS. Mofaz: We gave Palestinians list of fugitives and we expect them to begin making arrests. Following terrorist attack: Meeting of committee on prisoner releases postponed. 3. SENIOR YESHA OFFICIALS: HEAD OF CIVIL ADMINISTRATION SET TRAP FOR SENIOR OFFICER UNDER HIS COMMAND. Police detain Col. Yair Blumenthal and former senior JNF official for questioning. Another six persons suspected of involvement also arrested. MA’ARIV 1. New housing plan for settlers. NEW HOMES THAT SETTLERS WILL RECEIVE. Disengagement Authority planning: Evacuees will live in modular villas in Negev communities or in empty flats in southern development towns. Religious ruling: “Permissible to shoot Druze and Bedouin soldiers who participate in evacuation.” YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. ISA Director warns against extreme right: “DOZENS ARE READY TO ASSASSINATE SHARON.” New policy: Second time in two days – right-wing activist detained ahead of tour by Mofaz. 2. ISTANBUL NO LONGER DANGEROUS FOR ISRAELIS. Counter-terrorism Staff cancels warning. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Both papers discuss various issues in the wake of last Friday’s deadly suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, in which five Israelis were murdered: Hatzofeh accuses Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen of offering mere lip service in the struggle against terrorism. The editors suggest that, “If, for tactical reasons, Hamas and Islamic Jihad stop sending terrorists to murder Jews, Hezbollah militants – who are investing considerable funds in order to revive terrorism – will do so,” and venture that, “The moment Hezbollah carries out a number of terrorist attacks, the other organizations will follow its lead. In the meantime, it wants relative quiet in order to try and gain a few more prisoners in the context of Israeli gestures.” Yediot Ahronot discusses counter-terrorist methods. The editors assert that, “The more that the organization and the address of the sender are known and isolated, the easier it will be to struggle against them and bring about their denunciation,” and declare that, “The more that the tools in the struggle against terrorism have a civilian character, as opposed to a military one, the easier it will be to de-legitimize it and wage a common struggle against it.” __________ Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, contends that religion is a primary motivating factor in incitement and accuses Likud MKs and ministers of overlooking this contention. Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, comments on former Labor Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s aspirations to re-enter politics, as well as on Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s aspirations to recapture the premiership, and suggests that they might find the going considerably tougher than they imagined. Yediot Ahronot, in its fourth editorial, refers to former minister Gonen Segev’s decision to plead guilty to several of the drug smuggling charges against him as part of a plea bargain agreement. BPI-info