HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. RUSSIA AND CHINA TO VOTE WITH WEST ON IRAN. Document to be presented tomorrow at IAEA reveals: Iran intended to produce nuclear weapons. 2. ISMAIL HANIYEH TO HA’ARETZ: HAMAS WILL OPPOSE TRANSFER OF SECURITY SERVICES TO ABU MAZEN. 3. THOUSANDS OF POLICE PREPARING FOR VIOLENT CLASH AT AMONA. 4. KADIMA LIST PRESENTED. During festive conference, Ehud Olmert declared: „No party has list like this.” 5. LABOR TO ESTABLISH STAFF TO ENLIST ASHKENAZIM. Poll analysis shows slight of Ashkenazim due to Amir Peretz’s Moroccan origin. HATZOFEH 1. Thousands of soldiers, residents and their supporters concentrated at Amona. PREPARING FOR CLASH. 500 soldiers cordoned off Amona after midnight and created buffer between Ofra ahead of demolition of permanent structures today. 5,000 young people who arrived at site waiting on roofs and behind makeshift barricades after having been briefed to resist passively. Yesha Council: Nonviolent struggle. 2. NATIONAL UNION POSTS SIGNS „ILLEGAL OUTPOST” IN NEGEV BEDOUIN ENCAMPMENTS. 3. BORDER POLICEMAN SEVERELY WOUNDED IN ARABE. 4. JERUSALEM MUNICIPALITY ORDERS MERETZ TO REMOVE PROVOCATIVE SIGNS. MA’ARIV 1. Early this morning: Operation to evacuate Amona underway. ON THE ROOFS AGAIN. House doors already sealed, barbed wire fences on roofs, cans of paint ready. Today: Approximately 6,000 police and soldiers expected to clash with right-wing activists, who promise: „This time it will be different.” 2. HAMAS CONSIDERING: REGIME LIKE IN IRAN. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. BATTLE FOR AMONA. „We will erase shame of Gush Katif” – thousands of settlers declared yesterday as they barricaded themselves in Amona outpost. 5,000 soldiers and police poised to break in. 2. SPECIAL UNIT BORDER POLICEMAN WOUNDED IN ELIMINATION OF FUGITIVES NEAR JENIN. 3. SHARON TO BE OPERATED ON AGAIN IN ORDER TO PREPARE HIM FOR PROLONGED COMA. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Hatzofeh discusses the issue of cutting off financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority and declares that, „Common sense dictates that the aid be cut off regardless of the results.” The editors believe that, „If it is decided to halt the financial assistance, the resumption of the intifada, on a bigger scale, must be taken into account.” Yediot Ahronot calls on the Government not to be deterred from carrying out the demolition of the illegal homes at Amona. Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, commends the quality of Kadima’s list of candidates for the upcoming election. The editors note that, „The Kadima list was put together by Ehud Olmert; he was assisted by Sharon’s people but it was he who signed off on the list,” and add, „This teaches us that sometimes a ‘selection committee’ of one man is better than a raucous party central committee of 3,000.” Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, predicts that the election campaign will heat up in the coming days.
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