HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

HA’ARETZ
1. SENIOR MILITARY SOURCES: DISENGAGEMENT HAS CAUSED YOUNG PEOPLE TO
EVADE CONSCRIPTION.


Number of those receiving exemptions due to full-time religious studies
rose 5% in one year.
2. PM: I HAVE CHANGED MY POSITION REGARDING UNILATERAL WITHDRAWALS
BECAUSE OF GAZA AND LEBANON.
3. TAX AUTHORITY NEW YORK REPRESENTATIVE DETAINED.
(…); PM’s assistant and senior Civil Service Commission official give
testimony.
HATZOFEH
1. AMIR PERETZ’S „DIPLOMATIC PLAN” MOCKED WITHIN LABOR.
Yesterday: Defense Minister presented his „diplomatic plan” for
permanent status negotiations within six months, extraordinary
concessions to the Palestinians and the uprooting of communities, to his
[Knesset] faction. Ami Ayalon: Tzipi Livni’s plan preferable to Amir
Peretz’s.
2. RAMIFIED INVESTIGATION: TAX AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVE IN US
INVESTIGATED REGARDING HIS APPOINTMENT.
Police satisfied over confrontation between Tax Authority Director Jacky
Matza and PM’s Bureau head Shula Zaken.
MA’ARIV
1. Olmert travels to China. Senior ministers attack him.
MINISTERS COMPLAIN: OLMERT WORKS ALONE.
In closed conversations, Livni, Mofaz, Peretz, Shetrit and others warn:
Olmert not working with us on diplomatic-security process.
YEDIOT AHRONOT
1. EXPOSURE OF CORRUPTION AT THE TOP HAS JUST BEGUN.
2. Assigning the blame.
„APACHE HELICOPTER CRASHED DUE TO PRODUCTION DEFECT.”
Thus Air Force estimates ahead of completion of final report on combat
helicopter crash in which two Air Force personnel were killed during
Lebanon war. Significance: Boeing failure.
3. COMMITTEE WILL MONITOR PRIME MINISTER’S HEALTH.
This is the procedure being formulated in the wake of Sharon’s illness.
Will recommend when he must diet and go to the gym.
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SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot says that the county’s institutions are crumbling one
after the other, and are losing both their credibility and their ability
to properly function. But a dangerous line is crossed when policemen
are attacked, as policemen were recently by a pair of car thieves they
had caught in the act. The editors advocate severe sentences for those
who attack police officers.
Hatzofeh notes Finance Ministry Budget Director Kobi Haber’s appointment
of a special team to fight economic crimes. The editors point out that
the police already have a similar unit and question the need for another
one.
Yediot Ahronot, in its second editorial, describes Ehud Barak as „used
goods.” The editors ascribe to him exceptional leadership qualities
except one, „He is not a mensch, a human being.” The paper says that
Barak’s supporters now claim that he has improved in this department.
Yediot Ahronot, in its third editorial, laments that the underworld has
taken control of recycling business and urges the police to put a stop
to it.
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