HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. SHARON TO ACTIVISTS: I DON’T WANT TO QUIT. Sharon – told activists’ meeting: „I intend to win Central Committee vote on early primaries.” Netanyahu – being said in his office that, „Sharon preparing ‘bypass trick’ in which he quits and sets up his own party.” Livnat – Education Minister opposes early primaries: „We can expect to lose power.” 2. THE QUARTET: NO ROOM FOR HAMAS IN ELECTIONS. 3. ISRAEL OUSTED FROM EUROPEAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS. National team leaves tournament after loss to Greece. HATZOFEH 1. Suspicion that contributions for Sharon were transferred to haredi non-profit association. STATE COMPTROLLER TO INVESTIGATE SUSPICIONS AGAINST SHARON. Attorney-General Meni Mazuz also announces that he will open inquiry into complaints regarding PM’s violation of political party financing law. 2. IDF COMPLETES WITHDRAWAL FROM NORTHERN SAMARIA. Thousands of Palestinians „occupy” Sa-Nur. IDF: We will continue to operate in area. 3. SHIRAT YAM EXPELEES TO SETTLE IN MASKIYOT IN JORDAN VALLEY. Netzarim decides to separate but not split: Community will have branches in Ariel and in Negev. 4. SHARON DECLARES THAT HE IS RUNNING IN ORDER TO WIN – BUT DOESN’T PROMISE TO STAY IN LIKUD IF HE LOSES. 5. NO CHANCE FOR EUROPEAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: ISRAELI NATIONAL TEAM LOSES TO GREECE. 6. ISRAEL TO SUBMIT ITS CANDIDACY FOR UN SECURITY COUNCIL. MA’ARIV 1. PM asks activists: Don’t abandon me. SHARON: I DON’T WANT TO QUIT. PM promises last night: If I win Central Committee vote – I will stay in Likud. Sharon didn’t say what he’ll do if he loses. Corrupt dinner affair: Mazuz to check if PM broke political parties law. 2. World poll. WHO LOVES THE JEWS? Poll carried out by American research institute checked how the world feels about us. Netherlands: 85%. France: 82%. US: 77%. Germany: 67%. Jordan: 1%. 3. ISRAELI NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM LOSES TO GREECE. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Four days until Likud Central Committee meeting – confrontation reaching peak. SHARON: I WILL COMPETE AND WIN. NETANYAHU: HE’LL LOSE AND QUIT. Yesterday: Sharon didn’t promise activists at meeting that he would stay in Likud if he loses to Netanyahu. Despite ban: At Sharon’s office – signing petitions for him. 2. Philadelphi corridor broken through, weapons prices nose-diving. FOR SALE IN GAZA: ROCKET AT HALF PRICE. Kalashnikov: Was NIS 9,100, now NIS 4,500. Hand grenade: Was NIS 1,300, now approximately NIS 500. Bullets: Were NIS 30, now NIS 8. 3. VICTORS BEATEN. Last night: Israeli national basketball team ended European Championship run by losing to Greece 67-61. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot charges that nobody in the government, apart from Shimon Peres, is working on post-disengagement economic development in the Gaza Strip, which the paper believes is clearly in Israel’s interest. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, asserts that the government’s economic policies have been socially detrimental and that far too many Israelis must turn to various private charities as a result. Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, notes that while social spending has been cut, Likud MK Benjamin Netanyahu, as a former prime minister, continues to enjoy a staff and a car as provided for in the state budget. Hatzofeh discusses the recent allegations that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon may have broken political party financing laws while in New York. BPI-info