HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. COUNTER-TERRORISM STAFF WARNS: LEAVE SINAI IMMEDIATELY. Well-based information received about intention to kidnap Israelis; approximately 2,500 in peninsula. 2. RICE: HAMAS CANNOT CONTEST ELECTIONS AND HOLD WEAPONS. 3. FAULTS IN ACTION BY FORCE THAT KILLED YOUTH IN NABLUS. 4. Israel-Vatican. POPE INVITES KATSAV FOR OFFICIAL VISIT. 5. Seven crew members killed in maritime accident off Japanese coast; Zim: Ship was not involved. SUSPICION IN JAPAN: ZIM SHIP STRUCK JAPANESE FISHING BOAT – AND FLED. HATZOFEH 1. Counter-Terrorism Staff warns again: Don’t travel to Sinai. FEAR THAT ISRAELIS WHO SPEND HOLIDAYS IN SINAI WILL BE KIDNAPPED. According to information that has been received, terrorists intend to perpetrate kidnapping during holidays. Sinai holiday sites attacked one year ago. 2. FOREIGN MINISTRY PROPOSING “ROADMAP FOR THE ROADMAP” – GESTURES TO PALESTINIANS ON PRISONERS AND BORDER CROSSINGS. 3. IDF TO INVESTIGATE DEATH OF PALESTINIAN BOY BY FIRE FROM OUR FORCES DURING DISTURBANCES IN NABLUS. Only after GOC Central Command investigates will Military Police decide whether or not to open inquiry. MA’ARIV 1. Hot warning: Terrorists to try to kidnap tourists from Egypt to Gaza. DANGER: KIDNAPPING OF ISRAELIS IN SINAI. 30,000 expected to spend holiday in Sinai. Counter-Terrorism Staff in despair: They only listen to us after a terrorist attack occurs. 2. ISRAEL: REDUCE UNIFIL FORCE. Senior officer: We want direct contact with Lebanese army – without UNIFIL mediation. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. On eve of holiday, Counter-Terrorism Staff issues focused warning: TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS PLANNING TO KIDNAP ISRAELIS IN SINAI. Despite warning: Thousands leaving for Sinai. IDF halts Gaza operation in order to give Abu Mazen a chance. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Hatzofeh refers to a controversy over road construction on the Sabbath and excoriates Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Hatzofeh, in its second editorial, refers to allegations that the burial of Prime Minister Sharon’s late wife Lili at the family farm near Sderot was illegal. Yediot Ahronot hails the disengagement as the biggest achievement of the past year and wants to hope that the coming year will bring further positive changes. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, charges that the Foreign Ministry and the IDF are only belatedly waking up to the fact that the recent strikes at Gaza were full of damaging mistakes and failed to achieve their purpose. Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, cites the recent terrorist attacks on Bali and expresses its amazement that Israeli tourists are heading for Sinai despite the Counter-Terrorism Staff’s urgent call for Israelis to leave Sinai immediately due to fear of possible terrorist attacks. BPI-info