HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
HA’ARETZ: 1. NETANYAHU CONCERNED OVER STRENGTHENING OF EXTREME RIGHT IN THE LIKUD
Today: PM due to be elected for fifth time as Likud Chairman. Netanyahu hoping for sweeping 80% victory, while his opponents are calling for a protest vote over Migron evacuation.
2. LAWYER WHO WORKED TO PREVENT OUTPOST DEMOLITIONS APPOINTED TO GOVERNMENT TEAM THAT WILL LEGALIZE THEM
Up until recently, Alan Baker worked for settlers struggle committee, and had been Foreign Ministry legal adviser.
1. NETANYAHU IN LAST EFFORT TO DENY FEIGLIN ACHIEVEMENT IN PRIMARIES
PM, in voice message to Likud members: Don’t stay home on assumption that we will win.
1. Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel expected to be appointed GOC Air Force.
TOUCHING THE SKY
(…) PM’s Military Secretary expected to receive consolation prize: Military Attache in Washington.
2. THE LIKUD VOTES
Polling stations to open at 10:00
– and party members will select a chairman. Netanyahu in effort to prevent Feiglin from winning 20%.
1. Washington warns: „Fall of Syrian regime is unavoidable.”
„ASSSAD HAS LOST CONTROL”
2. TODAY: LIKUD HOLDS PRIMARIES
Netanyahu expected to be reelected Chairman by large majority. Concern in his entourage: Low turnout will aid Feiglin in gathering relatively high support. (…).
1. Likud primaries underway.
NETANYAHU: „DON NOT BE COMPLACENT”; FEIGLIN: „I WILL NOT BE EXTREME”
PM, who is expected to be reelected party chairman by a large majority, called on his supporters to vote despite the cold in order to avoid giving an advantage to his rival, Feiglin, who, for his part, reassured: Likud under my leadership will not be a nationalist party.
2. PALESTINIANS: IDF ABDUCTED TWO MEN FROM DEIHANIYE IN THE GAZA STRIP.
1. NETANYAHU VOTES: „DON NOT BE COMPLACENT”; FEIGLIN CAMP: DISRUPTIONS IN SETTLEMENTS
While PM is expected to win party leadership election, his confidants are concerned about complacency that could lead to strengthening of Feiglin. Claims in opposite camp regarding deliberate disruptions at polling stations in settlements.
2. IDF FOILS ATTEMPTED INFILTRATION BY TWO PALESTINIANS FROM GAZA
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 12:35.] ______________________________
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot talks about Israel’s pre-military preparatory schools and contends that, „The investment shows a positive return. According to the statistics of one of the more veteran institutes, 90% of its graduates joined combat units and 50% went to officers’ courses, while 60% of graduates become involved in volunteer work.”
Ma’ariv argues that, „There is no need to enforce conscription. It is possible to fight draft dodging through budgets. It is possible to impose a quota on full-time yeshiva students. Only the best would qualify. All of the rest can continue dodging the draft, but on their own account. Not on ours. The same thing must be implemented towards other dodgers
Jews and Arabs. They will be obliged to perform an alternative national service. Not by force. Whoever would insist on avoidance would pay for it through his own pocket; higher university tuitions, and so on and so forth, a series of mechanisms which would provide much more to those who contribute and less to those who do not.”
Yisrael Hayom implores, „Will it take us another 60 years to understand that bloated governments are the root to all of our problems and not the solution? Will it take another half a century to understand that we will not receive good education, for example, by expanding the failed government-education monopoly to include children aged 3-6?” The author concludes that, „Only a lean government can fulfill its legitimate role: Security and upholding the law. A burden of roles (many contradictory) causes it to fail.”