HA’ARETZ: 1. REFUGEES TO BE IMPRISONED FOR THREE YEARS WITHOUT TRIAL.
MKs hold night discussion of infiltrators law. Government insisted on advancing law despite opposition of Knesset Legal Adviser.
2. ACCORDING TO CHANNEL 10 POLL, PARTY HEADED BY YAIR LAPID WOULD RECEIVE 16 SEATS. KADIMA WEAKER, WOULD RECEIVE LESS THAN LAPID WHILE LIKUD STRENGTHENS. YESTERDAY: NOAM SHALIT ANNOUNCES THAT HE INTENDS TO RUN FOR SPOT ON LABOR KNESSET LIST.
1. CONTEMPT OF THE LEGISLATURE.
Knesset hits new low. MK Anastasia Michaeli intentionally spills glass of water on MK Majadele. (…).
2. LAPID 12, LIKUD 27, KADIMA COLLAPSES.
Ma’ariv-TNS/Teleseker poll: New party headed by Lapid splits center-left bloc. Noam Shalit announces that he will compete for spot on Labor list.
1. Last night: Yediot Ahronot and Mina Tzemah/Dahaf poll: Likud
– 28, Kadima – 13, Lapid – 11.
Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu becomes 2nd largest party with 15 seats. If Mofaz leads Kadima, it would receive only 8 seats and Lapid would get 14. If Lapid joins Kadima, it would receive 29 seats and the Likud 27.
2. NOAM SHALIT’S NEW JOB: RUNNING FOR THE KNESSET.
Gilad’s father accedes to Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich’s offer and says: I want to make a difference.
1. Arena heating up. More „famous people” jumping into political waters.
MARCH OF THE NAMES.
After Yair Lapid, Noam Shalit also enters politics: Declares intention of running for spot on Labor Party list. „I want to make a difference in Israeli society.” Likud and Kadima MKs criticize: „Shalit exploiting family trauma in order to reap political capital.” Minister Erdan’s barb: „Journalists, don’t hurry to resign
there are still no elections.”
1. MICHAELI’S PUNISHMENT FOR SPILLING WATER: BARRED FROM THE KNESSET FOR ONE MONTH.
Knesset Ethics Committee<www.knesset.gov.il/committees/eng/committee_eng.asp?c_id=14> punishes MK Michaeli for yesterday’s violent incident in which she spilled a glass of water on her colleague MK Raleb Majdele. (…).
2. FIST TIME IN OVER A DECADE: INDIAN GOREIGN MINISTER VISITING ISRAEL.
After meeting with President Peres, S.M. Krishna is due to meet PM and Foreign and Finance ministers and discuss ramified bilateral relations as well as the fact that India buys 400,000 barrels of Iranian oil per annum.
1. FOLLOWING TEMPEST IN THE WATER CUP: MK MICHAELI BARRED FROM THE KNESSET FOR ONE MONTH.
Knesset Ethics Committee decides to punish Yisrael Beytenu MK after spilling water in the face of MK Raleb Majdele. Michaeli to be barred from plenum and committees for one month, except for votes.
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:45.]
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot analyzes the state of Germany-Israel relations and contends that, „Under the influence of elements in the establishment that are hostile to Israel, a wide-ranging pro-Arab lobby and extreme left-wing Israelis, which have taken over the delicate network of bilateral relations, and due to diplomatic and economic constraints, Germany has allowed itself to neglect its ‘historic commitment to Israel’s existence and security’ and to crudely interfere in the conduct of its internal affairs.” The author believes that, „At a time when Israel needs, more than ever, a show of support for its right to exist, Germany is turning its back on it,” and adds that, „Germany is stubbornly and determinedly working to disengage from Israel; after all, the Holocaust was 70 years ago.” The paper notes that the appointment of a new Israeli ambassador is due to be decided upon later this week and urges the appointment of, „an ambassador who understands the mentality of denial and will speak frankly with the Germans.”
Ma’ariv refers to yesterday’s incident in which MK Anastasia Michaeli deliberately spilled a glass of water on MK Raleb Majdele and asserts that, „Spilling water in front of the cameras brought the Israeli parliament into the pantheon of the world’s primitive legislatures in which MPs trade punches, throw things and curse each other.” The author believes that MK Michaeli’s act, „is causing Israel to be portrayed as primitive and racist,” and urges Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, „who has been making super-human efforts to elevate the Knesset and its members,” to punish her as strongly as the Knesset by-laws allow.
Yisrael Hayom reminds its readers that Noam Shalit has announced his intention to run for a spot on the Labor Party Knesset list in the next elections and avers that Noam Shalit, „would do well to remember that his notoriety stems solely from his family tragedy.” The author adds that, „Just as he rightfully demanded that the public respect his family’s privacy after the release of his son, the public is entitled to now demand, politely and delicately, that he return home and assist in the rehabilitation of Gilad, out of the limelight, without being disturbed, just as he asked.”