1. Two brothers wounded by Kassam hit in Sderot; approximately 40 rockets fired over weekend.
PM: I AM BLOCKING PRESSURES FOR GAZA OPERATION.
2. HEZBOLLAH DEPLOYS KAYUSHAS IN VILLAGES SOUTH OF THE LITANI.
1. ABU MAZEN: NEGOTIATIONS WITH ISRAEL ON ALL ISSUES – INCLUDING JERUSALEM.
In his words, Livni-Abu Ala talks, which are taking place away from media, are dealing with all core issues. Livni to foreign diplomats: Talks are indeed being held on core issues, contravening Olmert’s promise to Shas.
2. MOFAZ HINTS: I WILL RUN AGAINST OLMERT FOR KADIMA LEADERSHIP.
Attacks PM over conduct of war.
1. Chief-of-Staff: Complete preparations for Gaza operation.
Kassam struck two of Iris Twito’s sons; Eight-year-old Osher very seriously wounded in both legs, his older brother Rami was moderately wounded. Sderot: 43 Kassams in one weekend.
1. Sderot protest following Kassams: „We will block roads in Jerusalem.”
„MOMMY, WHAT HAPPENED TO MY LEGS?”
Eight-year-old Osher and his big brother Rami only went to buy a birthday present for their father. Kassam caught them near ATM. Last night, doctors were fighting to save his legs.
SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot observes that Israel’s energy sanctions on Hamas lead Gaza, „are so correct to the extent that even the Egyptians suddenly remembered that it is illogical for the Palestinians to fire at the power station that supplies them with electricity.” The editors disagree as to the way the sanctions are being implemented. The paper opines that, „Every rocket barrage should be answered with a total or near total halt in electricity supplies for a specified period of time. On quiet days without any attacks, electricity can be provided as normal.”
Ma’ariv notes that Israel’s High Court of Justice has recently made a precedent-setting decision that Israel no longer controls Gaza. The editors advise that Israel consider requesting that international bodies formally recognize the end of the occupation of Gaza.
Makor Rishon-Hatzofeh says that the problem of continued Kassam rocket fire on southern Israel indicates a lack of organized and systematic thought and a determined decision by the political echelons to eradicate it.