HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS HA’ARETZ 1. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SHARPENS MESSAGE: TAKING CARE OF IRAN DEPENDENT UPON SOLUTION OF PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. American pressure on Israel intensifying prior to Netanyahu-Obama meeting.  Peres spoke to AIPAC conference: Netanyahu wants to make history, peace is his top interest.  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: This is Israel’s moment of truth.  Two states for two people is the only solution in the Middle East.  National Security Advisor James Jones: We won’t push Israel under the wheels of a bus, but we will be more aggressive with it than the Bush administration. MA’ARIV 1. PM pledges to „invest in education”, but intends to cut NIS 800 million from its budget. THE PUPILS WILL PAY (…). 2. NETANYAHU PREFERS SYRIAN TRACK Western and American sources: According to messages coming from Prime Minister’s direction, Netanyahu intends to focus diplomatic effort on Damascus, and not the Palestinians.  The move, as seems apparent from the messages, is being coordinated with the US.  Today: Obama-Peres meeting. YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. Israel livid: UN prepared deadly report on Gaza Strip operation. UN AGAINST IDF UN report determines: IDF intentionally fired at UNWRA institutions and people in Gaza during „Cast Lead.”  Israeli source: If they do not soften wording, this is an earthquake. 2. LAWYER MARINSKY CANDIDATE TO MANAGE SHALIT NEGOTIATIONS Netanyahu to decide: Pinchas Marinsky or Lior Lotan will replace Ofer Dekel. YISRAEL HAYOM 1. Today Peres-Obama meeting under shadow of Iran-Palestinians „linkage.” PERES: NETANYAHU WANTS TO MAKE HISTORY. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: Steps Government will take against Iran depend upon proof of progress by Israel  in diplomatic process.  Netanyahu: Permanent settlement only after Palestinians recognize Israel as Jewish state. 2. EYAL GABAI – PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE DIRECTOR-GENERAL. (…).  Worked with Netanyahu during previous term.
SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS Yediot Ahronot lauds the success and role of AIPAC and recalls that former Russian President Vladimir Putin once jokingly asked former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to help set up a similar organization to link the Russian Diaspora with Russia.  The author asks, „How does one explain that AIPAC is the Jewish People’s unique product that cannot be imitated?” Ma’ariv questions the Government’s policy toward Swine Flu and says that, „The Defense Ministry has no advantage over the Health Ministry in dealing with Swine Flu.” Yisrael Hayom comments on President Shimon Peres’ current trip to Washington and suggests that he, „has taken upon himself a difficult task: To break the ice for Benjamin Netanyahu en route to Barack Obama.”  The author speculates that, „It seems that while Netanyahu will not tell Obama that the Government will adopt the formula of ‘two states for two peoples’, some form of ‘two states’ will be presented by Israel in the US President’s talks with the Prime Minister.”  The paper believes that the current AIPAC conference is, in effect, a dress rehearsal and commends President Peres’ speech.  However, the author rejects as, „unacceptable,” White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emmanuel’s apparent linking between US to prevent Iran from going nuclear and Israeli flexibility vis-ŕ-vis the Palestinians, and believes that this might embolden the Palestinians into taking a harder line.