SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
 
HA’ARETZ
1. SHARP DIPLOMATIC CRISIS WITH GERMANY IN WAKE OF APPROVAL OF 1,100 APARTMENTS IN GILO
Chancellor Merkel outraged over Israeli decision, after she joined in effort to foil Palestinian appeal to the UN and for resumption of negotiations. On Friday, she called to rebuke Netanyahu: „This is a provocation.” Senior German sources: „She does not believe a word he says.”
 
MA’ARIV
1. OBAMA CONSIDERED FREEING POLLARD
US Vice President Biden revealed: I prevented it. Congress penalizes Palestinians for turning to UN: $200 million in aid frozen.
 
YEDIOT AHRONOT
1. US to Egypt: We will increase aid in exchange for Ilan Grappel
DEAL TO FREE THE ISRAELI IN EGYPT
Sources in Cairo: Possible that Grappel will be deported to the US this week. Yesterday, his parents visited him for the first time.
 
YISRAEL HAYOM
1. Abu Mazen turned to the UN, US House of Representatives responds:
CONGRESS FREEZES $200 MILLION IN AID TO THE PALESTINIANS
Initiative by pro-Israel members of Congress. Obama administration had previously asked Israel to foil the move. Diplomatic source: „Necessary step.” Palestinians: Collective punishment.
 
2. BIDEN: OBAMA CONSIDERED RELEASING POLLARD
US Vice President reveals: Obama thus sought to court Jewish vote ahead of upcoming elections. Biden himself strongly opposed the move: „Over my dead body.”
 
3. TAKING DOWN THE TENTS
Today: Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality to begin evacuating remaining tents on Rothschild Boulevard. At tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting: Discussion of Trajtenberg recommendations. Students appeal to ministers: Don’t adopt the report as is.
 
WALLA!
1. TODAY: TEL AVIV-JAFFA MUNICIPALITY EXPECTED TO EVACUATE TENTS
(…).
 
2. REPORT IN EGYPT: „ILAN GRAPPEL TO BE FREED WITHIN TWO DAYS”
3.5 months after being imprisoned and accused of spying for Israel, Israeli-American is expected to be released from Egyptian prison „for health reasons.” Al Hayat report says that Cairo expects to receive economic benefits.
 
3. IDF ATTACKS LAUNCHING CELL IN GAZA, THREE PALESTINIANS WOUNDED
 
NANA10
1. REPORT: ILAN GRAPPEL TO BE FREED THIS WEEK
According to Al Hayat report, Grappel, who was arrested in Egypt on suspicion of espionage, is due to be freed from incarceration and to depart with the US Defense Secretary.
 
2. AIR FORCE ATTACKS CELL IN NORTHERN GAZA STRIP, THREE PALESTINIANS WOUNDED
 
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 12:20.]
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SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
 
Yediot Ahronot contends that, „There is no chance that there will be a [defense budget] cut.” The author argues that, „Most politicians do not want to find themselves in a position in which after ‘the Third Lebanon War’ accusations will be made against them that lives could have been saved, if only we had equipped ourselves with more defensive systems.”
 
Ma’ariv discusses relations with Turkey. The author says that, „At the end of almost every such argument comes the punch line: The side that supports an Israeli apology and appeasement with the Islamic power asks the other side: ‘Which Islam is preferable – Tehran’s or Erdogan’s?” The notes that, „According to a fresh report by the Institute for International Journalism, based on a detailed report by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Turkey leads the world in the number of imprisoned journalists. Undisputed first place goes to the regime of Erdogan which incarcerates, at this moment, no less than 57 journalists. (Almost double the 34 journalists being held by dark autocratic, Islamic Iran).”
 
Yisrael Hayom contends that, „Israel made a wise diplomatic and public relations move when it immediately accepted the Quartet’s proposal, while the Palestinians rejected it.”
 
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