HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

 

HA’ARETZ:1. HAMAS REBUILDING ITS ACTIVITIES ON WEST BANK

After Shalit deal, status of organization on West Bank has strengthened. IDF and ISA have recently seized funds that organization members tried to smuggle in from Arab countries.

2. „We will act in coordination.”

OBAMA: „I DON’T THINK THAT ISRAEL HAS MADE A DECISION ON WHAT THEY NEED TO DO”

MA’ARIV

1. Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel.

NEW GOC AIR FORCE: „AWARE OF THE SIZE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY”

Gantz and Barak decide: Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel will lead Air Force is period likely to include decision on attack on Iran.

YEDIOT AHRONOT

1. Thus the state prepares for the next threat.

THREATENING IRAN, CUTTING HOME FRONT [BUDGET] In the last four years, the Government has cut NIS 27 million

25% of the home front budget. GOC Home Front Eyal Eisenberg warned in letter to Chief-of-Staff: Preparing the population for an emergency situation has been impaired. Minister Vilnai: Situation on the ground is even worse.

2. THE SKIES ARE HIS

It’s official: Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel will be next GOC Air Force. If Israel decides to attack Iran, mission will be placed on his shoulders. (…).

3. OBAMA: „I DON’T THINK THAT ISRAEL HAS MADE A DECISION ON WHAT THEY NEED TO DO”

YISRAEL HAYOM

1. Obama: „I don’t think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do, but its concerns are justified.

THE LEADER

(…). Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel

Next GOC Air Force. „I am aware of the size of the responsibility,” he said. (…).

2. TARGET: SENIOR OFFICIALS

Ahead of anniversary of elimination of Imad Mughniyeh, there are increased warnings of terrorists’ intentions to hit senior Israelis, including President Peres. Last night: Three minority members attacked President’s guards near his home.

WALLA!

1. OBAMA: „I DON’T THINK THAT ISRAEL HAS MADE A DECISION ON WHAT THEY NEED TO DO”

In exceptional remarks on possibility of Israeli attack on Iran and against background of flood of reports on the issue, US President said that Israel and Washington would work in close cooperation.

2. „IF ISRAEL ATTACKS IRAN, PAKISTAN WILL ATTACK IT”

(…). European diplomat in Pakistan told AP about possible results of attack on nuclear sites. Another source: „Israeli operation likely to bring about collapse of Euro zone.”

 

3. AFTER PERIOD OF DISRUPTION: MEETING BETWEEN LIBERMAN AND CLINTON

After period in which contacts were by telephone only, FM will meet his American counterpart in Washington during visit in which he is expected to also stress that sanctions alone will not be effective in thwarting Iranian nukes.

 

NANA10

1. OBAMA: ISRAEL HAS NOT YET DECIDED WHETHER OR NOT TO ATTACK TEHRAN

2. HAMAS AND FATAH AGREE: ABU MAZEN TO SERVE AS PRIME MINISTER IN TEMPORARY UNITY GOVERNMENT UNTIL ELECTIONS

 

[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:35.] ______________________________

SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

Yediot Ahronot asks, „Can the Iranian leadership fold [in the face of sanctions]? Yes. The regime in Teheran is not being demanded to stop its entire nuclear program, but only to hold to what it declared: Nuclear power for peaceful purposes. It would be enthusiastically received in Tehran. Its popularity would not be harmed for it. It would be strengthened. But these are rational considerations, while the leadership in Teheran displays irrational behavior.” The author maintains that, „Israel is prepared to

and will

do everything possible in order to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons. No Israeli Prime Minister or Chief-of-Staff will take upon himself the responsibility of a Tehran with nuclear weapons.”

Ma’ariv notes that, „Twenty-one years ago, long-range missiles fell on greater Tel Aviv and Haifa. Only one person died in Israel as a result of the First Gulf War, but the watershed was marked there: The home front became the front line.” The author continues, „The consequences were no less than historic from the Israeli security standpoint. In confronting enemy aircraft we knew that we had the air force, in confronting missiles we had nothing. That is a terrible feeling.”

Yisrael Hayom tells that, „For years I tried to understand why the nations of the world acted in apathy, indifference and with closed eyes while Europe’s Jews were taken away by train to extermination camps. In the aftermath of the Second World War many people with consciences hoped that the lesson had been learned and that human blood would no longer be spilled lightly. There were those who believed that humanity could no longer countenance the killing of innocents by cruel, bloodthirsty tyrants, modern barbaric rulers wielding deadly weapons. The United Nations was supposed to be a central international element embodying the forces of light in order to combat the forces of evil. This hope imploded. These days, thousands of Syrians are being indiscriminately massacred by artillery and mortar fire and the world remains silent and paralyzed.”

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