SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS
 
HA’ARETZ
1. ASSAD LOSING CONTROL: 10,000 HAVE DEFECTED FROM THE SYRIAN ARMY
(…). Concern in the west that Syria’s chemical weapons and rockets might find their way to Hezbollah.
 
MA’ARIV
1. US ADMITS THAT IRAN WILL BE ABLE TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR WEAPON WITHIN ONE YEAR
Defense Secy. Leon Panetta lines up with Israeli intelligence assessments and makes it unequivocally clear that if it depends on the US, Iranians will not have a nuclear bomb. Senior diplomatic source: Meeting between Barak and Obama „did the trick.”
 
2. SECURITY COUNCIL SHARPLY CONDEMNS ISRAEL OVER „PRICE-TAG” ACTIONS
Ambassador Prosor: Civilians are being slaughtered in Syria and the Security Council is silent.
 
YEDIOT AHRONOT
1. Today: Steps against right-wing rioters to be approved.
IDF SOLDIERS TO HAVE AUTHORITY TO DETAIN PEOPLE
GOC Central Command is also expected to approve: Soldiers will be able to use demonstration dispersal means – which had been used only against Palestinians – against Jews.
 
YISRAEL HAYOM
1. Astonishment at the Pentagon: „Panetta’s remarks on Iran were hypothetical.”
NOW THE USA AS WELL: „BOMB WITHIN ONE YEAR”
American defense Secy. sharpens tone against Tehran: „We will take all necessary measures to stop them.” Last night, Pentagon spokesman reassured: „US has no new intelligence information.” Israeli security source: „There is a gap between what the Americans know and what they do.”
 
WALLA!
1. AMERICAN CHIEF-OF-STAFF: „WE ARE EXAMINING A RANGE OF OPTIONS”
US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey concerned over „miscalculation” by Iran that could lead to conflict „that would be a tragedy for the region.” (…).
 
2. BATTALION COMMANDERS TO NETANYAHU: „EXTREME RIGHT SEES US AS THE ENEMY”
In closed conversation with PM, Ephraim Division officers described complex reality they face even as they deal with Palestinian terrorism. „It is not exceptional, it is the norm.”
 
3. SOUTH SUDAN AGREES TO RE-ABSORB 10,000 REFUGEES
 
NANA10
1. US CHIEF-OF-STAFF ADMITS: WE ARE PLANNING FOR AN ATTACK ON IRAN
In CNN interview, Martin Dempsey said that military was close to being ready to carry out any order Obama might give and added: „We recognize their [Israel’s] concerns.”
 
2. EU COUNTRIES: „WE CONDEMN SETTLER VIOLENCE”
During Security Council discussion, France, UK, Germany and Portugal demanded a halt to revenge actions against Palestinians.
 
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:05.]
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SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE  IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS
 
Yediot Ahronot discusses the EU financial crisis and contends that, „The draconian ‘Brussels agreement’ is a result of the catastrophe that the Western and European Left brought upon itself, when it did not succeed in formulating any clear stance in the wake of capitalism’s deepest crisis since World War II – other than a vociferous support for the spontaneous tent protests.”
 
Ma’ariv asserts that, „If America attacks Iran, it could be said that the first sign appeared yesterday. After a series of feeble statements, the US Defense Secretary, who had thrown cold water on us, is aligning to the Right. Could it be that they finally understand? Definitely not certain. Because, for us, the Iranian reactor is a matter of life and death, and for the Americans it’s a question of cost-of-living. Scared? So are we.”
 
Yisrael Hayom says, „Good morning America.” The author believes that, „The US Defense Department has, at least, two Leon Panettas. The first chided Israel at the Saban Forum and said that a possible attack on Iran would be ‘a very grave matter’. The second, on the other hand, said yesterday that there would be a nuclear weapon very soon and that he does not negate any option, not even a military one. If it wasn’t for the fact that we are talking about our future, it is possible that we would even laugh. And it is possible that this is all because someone bothered to remind Panetta that there are elections in 2012, and that there is something called the Jewish vote.”
 
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