HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ 1. Yesterday: New Palestinian parliament sworn in; within month: Hamas government. ABU MAZEN: HONOR AGREEMENTS WITH ISRAEL. 2. MAN SEVERELY WOUNDED IN STABBING ATTACK IN MAALEH ADUMIM. 3. EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS: TODAY, WE WILL APPROVE SUBMISSION OF HAGUE CLAIM AGAINST IRANIAN PRESIDENT FOR INCITEMENT TO GENOCIDE.


HATZOFEH 1. Hamas rejects Abu Mazen’s call to honor agreements with Israel. OLMERT TO PROPOSE „GRADUAL DISENGAGEMENT” TO CABINET. Among steps to be decided upon: Freeze on tax revenues collected for Palestinians, gradual stopping of entry of Palestinian workers from Gaza and of Palestinians’ passage from Gaza to Judea and Samaria, freeze on plans to upgrade Gaza seaport and airport, halt to foreign countries’ security assistance to PA and cancellation of VIP cards for senior Palestinians. 2. HAMAS: NEXT GOAL – TAKING OVER PLO. 3. AMIR PERETZ MEETS WITH KING OF MOROCCO IN HIS PALACE. 4. TODAY: NETANYAHU TO MEET WITH LABOR ACTIVISTS WHO WILL ANNOUNCE THEIR SUPPORT FOR LIKUD. 5. SHOSHANA DAMARI LAID TO REST IN TEL AVIV. MA’ARIV 1. Senior Hamas delegation to leave for Tehran. HAMAS ASKS IRAN: HELP US. Yesterday: Terrorist administration officially underway – parliament sworn in in Ramallah, and Ismail Haniyeh will be Prime Minister. This morning: Olmert will have to decide what to do with Hamas. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. This morning: Cabinet to decide on gradual severing of all ties with PA. GRADUAL DISENGAGEMENT FROM TERRORIST PARLIAMENT. Disappointment in Israel over Abu Mazen’s speech to parliament. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to Yediot Ahronot: „I hope that Israel won’t punish the Palestinian people.” 2. MESSAGE TO IRAN: FRENCH AIRCRAFT CARRIER EN ROUTE TO PERSIAN GULF. French sources to Yediot Ahronot: „France gathering intelligence ahead of possible attack on Iranian nuclear project targets. 3. BIRD FLU EN ROUTE TO ISRAEL, IMMUNIZATIONS NOT. Agriculture Ministry concerned following discovery of cases of disease in Egypt. Despite this, immunizations for birds still in Netherlands warehouse. ______________________________ SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Both papers discuss various issues regarding the economic sanctions that the Government is expected to place on the Palestinian Authority following yesterday’s swearing-in of the Hamas-dominated parliament: Yediot Ahronot says that the economic sanctions, „will not cause the Palestinians to become fed up with Hamas but the opposite – to adopt the elected leaders and rally around them.” Hatzofeh calls on the Government to withstand any pressure to cancel any part of the sanctions that it is expected to enact. __________ Hatzofeh, in its second editorial, refers to last Friday morning’s incident in which anti-Islamic graffiti was discovered on the walls of a mosque in western Samaria and says that, „Assuming that this wasn’t the work of Palestinian agents provocateurs – and this is still being checked – and Jews indeed did this, the police must take all measures to locate them and put them on trial.”
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