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HA’ARETZ

1. OLMERT: OPERATION WILL NOT BE EXPANDED BEFORE EXHAUSTION OF EGYPTIAN MOVE.  HANIYEH: WE WILL COOPERATE WITH ANY CEASEFIRE INITIATIVE.

Paratrooper seriously wounded by friendly fire.  PM to foreign leaders: Egyptian ceasefire initiative is ripening.  Today: Hamas to give its answer to the proposal.

2. CENTRAL ELECTIONS COMMITTEE DISQUALIFIES BALAD AND RA’AM-TA’AL.

Kadima and Labor support; Supreme Court expected to overturn decision.

3. FOLMAN: AMAZING WHERE WE’VE REACHED.

4. 300,000 ILLEGAL FOREIGN WORKERS IN ISRAEL.

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MA’ARIV

1. War in Gaza: Hamas PM in speech from his hiding place.

HANIYEH: WE WILL COOPERATE WITH ANY CEASEFIRE INITIATIVE.

And again: Fighter wounded by friendly fire.  Reservists mistakenly identified conscripts as terrorists – and opened fire.

2. DISQUALIFIED.

Central Elections Committee determines: Balad and Ra’am-Ta’aal cannot run.  Assessment: High Court of Justice will overturn decision.

YEDIOT AHRONOT

1. Signs of breaking among Hamas leadership in Gaza: With downcast face, Haniyeh asks for ceasefire.

CONCERN: HAMAS WILL LAUNCH MISSILES AT CENTER OF THE COUNTRY.

Security sources: At last minute, in desperation, Hamas is liable to launch long-range missiles.

2. PARATROOPER SERIOUSLY WOUNDED BY FRIENDLY FIRE.

Hospitalized in serious condition.

3. ISRAELI FLAG RETURNS TO NETZARIM.

YISRAEL HAYOM

1. Paratrooper seriously wounded, three lightly wounded as reservists fire at conscripts.

IDF INCREASING THE PRESSURE; HANIYEH: CEASEFIRE.

Hamas PM blinks first.  In speech from his hiding place, he said: „We will cooperate with any ceasefire initiative.”  Direction: Egyptian-sponsored „arrangement” and the main question: Who will supervise crossings?

2. WAR IN THE KNESSET AS WELL: TIBI DISQUALIFIED FROM RUNNING IN ELECTIONS.

Elections Committee disqualified Balad, Azmi Bishara’s list, and Ra’am-Ta’al, Tibi’s list.  Arab MKs outraged: Fascist and racist.  Will appeal to High Court of Justice and threaten: Arab sector will boycott elections.

3. WALTZING WITH THE GLOBES.

Ari Folman’s film „Waltzing with Bashir” wins Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film.  Next goal: The Oscars.

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SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

Yediot Ahronot professes that, „Hamas is not a mass national liberation movement of the Palestinian people: It is tiny Islamo-Fascist organization that forcibly took control of a disheartened strip of land and turned it into a nightmare of an Islamic state.”  The author contends that, „If we don’t beat Hamas now, but rather ‘react widely’ and punish – unintentional but in fact – the Palestinian civilian population, Israelis will be considered wild creatures who have no place amongst cultured nations, and Hamas will be victorious.”

Ma’ariv complains that, „The contemptuous diatribes of MK Jamal Zahalka and his gang of uninhibited contentious inciters who are re-elected time and again to serve in the Israeli Knesset only in order to identify, from within it, with the worst of Israel’s enemies, is already too much for all of us.”  „And still,” the author reflects, „even after all that, I think that we should not disqualify parties…I believe that it is forbidden to give up on the Arab public.  I believe that this public deserves better, more logical, more moderate and less tempestuous leaders than this group which it sends to serve in the Knesset every time.”

Yisrael Hayom warns against Israel becoming power-mad: „Israel is entering the most dangerous stage of the Gaza operation.  Now it must avoid becoming intoxicated with power, and try to maximize its achievements – and leave, with the knowledge that we were right, and especially that we won.”

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