HA’ARETZ:1. FINAL EGYPTIAN ELECTIONS RESULTS: ISLAMISTS WON 70% OF THE SEATS
2. HAMAS CONFIRMS: MASHAAL TO QUIT HAMAS LEADERSHIP.
3. LAPID ON THE ATTACK: „LABOR IS A RADICAL PARTY.”
Battle for center-left heating up. Yachimovich: He should join with the capitalist Netanyahu.
1. ISRAEL WILL INFORM THE US ONLY TWELVE HOURS PRIOR TO AN ATTACK ON IRAN Thus reports the Sunday Times, which claimed that this is what the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was told. According to the British paper, in a rough conversation with Obama, Netanyahu refused to commit himself to asking permission for the attack well in advance, out of concern that the operation would be torpedoed.
1. As of this morning, no free trains for soldiers.
„I REMAINED ON BASE DURING SHABBAT”
Because my NIS 390 monthly army salary does not allow me enough money to pay for the train and I was afraid to return back late.”
THIS MORNING: TRANSPORTATION TEST FOR SOLDIERS
2. SEVERE INCITEMENT BY PALESTINIAN MUFTI: „MUSLIMS’ PURPOSE
– TO KILL JEWS”
At event celebrating 47 years since the establishment of the PLO, he said: „Resurrection of the dead will come only after the death of the Jews.” And in the meantime in Egypt, official results: Islamists won approximately 70% of the vote.
1. „NETANYAHU WILL INFORM OBAMA TWELVE HOUR PRIOR TO AN ATTACK ON IRAN”
2. IDF FORCES SHOT AT IN RAMALLAH
1. REPORT: IRANIAN TRUCKS CARRYING MATERIALS FOR PRODUXTION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS CAUGHT EN ROUTE TO SYRIA
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:20.]
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot suggests that the State of Israel faces four existential threats: „(1) The Bomb. Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are correct when they claim that the State of Israel cannot allow itself to live in the shadow of the threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb. Meir Dagan, Gaby Ashkenazi, Yuval Diskin and others are also correct that an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities must be the very last option…(2) The USA. Those who ceaselessly, shout that we must guard to the very end our special relation with the USA, even if it is one of total dependence, are right. Those who contend that Israel is a democratic and sovereign state, and that only we will decide on tough questions regarding our existence are also right…(3) The Jews. Those who say that the gap is dangerously widening between Jews in the Diaspora, especially in the US and Europe, and Israel are correct…(4) Tribes. Those who assert that the Israel’s „existential forge” never existed and wasn’t even a fable
– that Israeli society was, and is, frayed –
are correct. But to those who jeer at such an assertion are also correct: Israel has made great achievements due to this existential forge…”
Ma’ariv refers to reports that Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal has decided not to stand for another term in office. The author asserts that, „It is not clear how final Mashaal’s decision is,” and adds that, „The reasons for his planned departure are not clear.” The paper suggests that, „Mashaal decided to quit with honor because he felt that his political rivals, in both Gaza and Damascus, are likely to torpedo his re-election.” The author contends that, „a replacement for Mashaal from the Gaza Strip is unlikely,” because, „Serving as Hamas’s #1 politician is a difficult task, especially when Israeli UAVs are buzzing overhead.” The paper concludes that, „If Mashaal is replaced or not, if his replacement comes from Gaza or Damascus, it is difficult to believe that Israel will feel any change.”
Yisrael Hayom notes that final results of the recent Egyptian parliamentary elections show that Islamist parties have won over 70% of the vote and that the Muslim Brotherhood is the largest single party, with 47% of the vote. The author asserts that, „Egypt is destined to undergo a change, albeit a gradual one,” and adds that, „The Muslim Brotherhood has already shown that it knows how to be pragmatic, even at the expense of ideological compromises. That it joined with other Islamist parties during the elections proves that it also knows how to adapt itself to time and place on behalf of its goals.” Accordingly, the paper says that the Brotherhood will pay lip service to the peace treaty with Israel and solidarity with the military as long as there are pressing economic needs but cautions that, „When the economic problems are resolved, we will hear a different tune.” The author adds that, „The major, and surprising, achievement of the extremist Salafists will not prod the Brotherhood into excessive moderation.”