SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS
 
HA’ARETZ
1. GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS LAW TO RESTRICT APPEALS TO THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE.
Law initiated by MKs Levin and Danon would make it difficult for human rights groups to appeal to the High Court of Justice. (…).
 
2. ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDINGS RULE OUT ACCEPTED EXPLANATION THAT HEROD BUILT THE WESTERN WALL.
 
MA’ARIV
1. RIGHT-WING’S PRESSURE REPORT.
Against background of latest legislation, right-wing activists issue document designed to press MKs by rating their „national activity.” At the top: Ariel, Elkin and Levin.
 
YEDIOT AHRONOT
1. Two Egyptian policemen killed. IDF: Shot by smugglers.
PEAK TENSION ON EGYPTIAN BORDER.
Against background of explosive situation in Cairo, Israel concerned over flare-up last night due to two shooting incidents on the border. IDF: We shot at smugglers; we are not connected to shooting at policemen.
 
YISRAEL HAYOM
1. (…).
THE „BROTHERHOOD” RULES CAIRO STREETS.
(…). Last night: Two Egyptian policemen killed by smugglers’ fire on Sinai border.
 
WALLA!
1. LIFE SENTENCES FOR MURDERERS OF KRISTINE LUKEN AND NETTA SOREK.
Two Palestinians convicted of tying up and murdering tourist Kristine Luken and stabbing her friend, Kay Wilson. One of the accused is also accused of murdering Israeli woman Netta-Blatt Sorek near Beit Jimal monastery.
 
2. CONCERN IN ISRAEL: ADVANCED ANTI-SHIP MISSILE EN ROUTE TO SYRIA.
According to foreign reports, Yakhont advanced missile is already en route from Russia to Tartus. Israel tried to pressure Kremlin to suspend the deal. Concern: Missile will also reach Hezbollah.
 
3. SHOOTING INCIDENT ON SOUTHERN BORDER, TWO EGYPTIAN POLICEMEN KILLED.
Two Egyptian policemen shot and killed by drug smugglers near border with Israel. Afterwards, Golani Brigade soldiers fired at additional group of drug smugglers that tried to cross border into Israel. Chief-of-Staff Gantz orders that security in the area be reinforced.
 
NANA10
1. PUNISHMENT ARRIVES: MURDERERS OF TOURIST FROM JERUSALEM SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.
Court sentenced members of cell that murdered Kristine Luken and severely wounded her friend Kay Wilson in the Jerusalem hills. (…).
 
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:30.]
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SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS
 
Yediot Ahronot discusses the large-scale demonstrations in Cairo and asserts that, „This is a heavy-handed and destructive course that the Egyptians are on. Egypt has 87 million inhabitants; one million babies have been born since Mubarak fell. It is no problem to bring hundreds of thousands and even millions out into the streets but the Egyptians have not understood that they are elevating a belligerent and even violent course that will now hurt any type of regime there.” The author believes that, „While the Muslim Brotherhood has learned that it can use the street against the military regime, they have also learned that the street can work against them,” and adds that, „In the end, anarchy will reign over them as well: The dissatisfied and the violent will go out into the streets against whoever is in power.” The paper warns that unless Egypt finds a way to move forward toward economic and national reconstruction and development, it will be doomed to a period of anarchy.
 
Ma’ariv comments on the furor over the proposed amendments to the libel law and suggests that its opponents are overstating their case. The author says that, „In the opinion of many, including me, the law, as it passed its first Knesset reading, is too sweeping, is disproportional and fails to distinguish between media outlets and private individuals. To tell the truth, it is unnecessary because it is the courts that determine the amount of the fine in practice. There should be a lively debate over it, in an effort to narrow and soften it, but a substantive debate, not hysterical cries about the death of democracy.”
 
Yisrael Hayom suggests that Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen, „has no interest in a partnership with Hamas,” because, inter alia, „Bringing Hamas into the Palestinian government would strengthen those in the US and Israel who are inclined not to transfer to the PA the money that Israel has collected for it.” The author reminds his readers that, „Without these funds, Abu Mazen and Fayyad cannot maintain their government,” but speculates that in the absence of a Fatah-Hamas unity government, the Government may find it difficult to withstand Quartet pressure to restore the funds.
 
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