HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

 

HA’ARETZ

1. PERES TO TELL OBAMA: I OPPOSE AN ATTACK ON IRAN

Nine days before their meeting, President Peres convinced that Israel’s threats against Tehran are „unnecessary warmongering” and that it should not embark on operation in near future.

 

 

MA’ARIV

1. CHIEF-OF-STAFF ON TAL LAW: EVERYBODY MUST SERVE

Day after High Court of Justice ruling, senior commanders acknowledge that army is unable to immediately recruit thousands of ultra-orthodox, which would double costs. Gantz: „Military conscription is necessary.”

 

 

2. Eshel Affair.

NETANYAHU: „IT IS A TOUGH SITUATION.”

 

 

3. LAST ASSIGNMENT

British journalist Marie Colvin, Sunday Times war correspondent, killed by Syrian shell.

 

YEDIOT AHRONOT

1. HE ALSO MURDERS JOURNALISTS

While armed with a notebook, Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin was killed by Syrian army direct fire. (…).

2. BUREAU OF FEAR

Public humiliation: Netanyahu reprimands his advisors at press conference. Following Hendel’s resignation: Appointed fifth spokesman in three years.

3. SECRET TO LONGEVITY

Israeli achievement: Prof. Haim Cohen discovered gene which extends life of mammals.

YISRAEL HAYOM

1. Tycoons will be forced to choose: Real or financial assets.

BLOW TO THE TYCOONS

(…).

2. NETANYAHU: NOT RIGHT THAT I HEARD OF ESHEL AFFAIR THROUGH THE MEDIA PM explains why he is angry at Hendel, Hauser and Locker. (…). Hendel’s replacement: Spokesman Liran Dan.

WALLA!

1. „SYRIA: REGIME TRYING TO HARM FOREIGN JOURNALISTS”

Sharpshooters positioned on roofs of Homs directed to shoot foreign journalists and they are „shooting at anyone holding cameras”, according to opposition activist.

 

 

NANA10

1. TARGETED ELIMINATION? JOURNALIST WHO WAS KILLED RECEIVED DEATH THREATS FROM SYRIAN ARMY

Daily Mail claims that Marie Colvin and her media outlet received warnings by Assad’s people regarding elimination of foreign correspondents reporting on Syria events.

 

 

[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:05.] ______________________________

SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

Yediot Ahronot asserts that, „When Iran is plummeting and Assad is sinking, Hezbollah is also losing altitude,” and adds, „The Shiite axis is fighting for its life and Hezbollah has become a hated organization in the Arab world.” The author believes that, „The economic lifeline from Iran that keeps Hezbollah alive is fast drying up,” and says that, „Hezbollah has no money to pay salaries and finance projects.” The paper contends as the organization’s concerns regarding its patrons in Damascus and Tehran increases, so do its efforts to paint itself as a genuinely Lebanese movement even in the face of rising criticism of it in Lebanon. The author says, „Attack Israel now? Hezbollah certainly could, but it knows that this would be suicide,” because, „Israel would not be expected to suffice with weakening Hezbollah as it did in 2006, but is likely to aspire toward its elimination.” The paper concludes that, „Israel has no interest in intervening in Lebanon or Syria in any way whatsoever. Hezbollah’s problems with the Sunni in the Middle East and vis-à-vis Syria are its own business, and so they need to remain.”

Ma’ariv discusses the circumstances in which Dr. Yoaz Hendel left his post as head of the National Information Directorate<www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng/Communication/Spokesman/2012/02/spokeyoaz220212.htm&gt; in the Prime Minister’s Office in the wake of the so-called Eshel affair. The author says, „Mr. Prime Minister, you chose to be disappointed with Hendel? Instead of commending him and embracing him because he acted with integrity and ‘according to the law as was expected of him'<www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng/Communication/Spokesman/2012/02/spokeeshel190212.htm&gt; you showed him a red card? I find it hard to understand that Hendel, Hauser and Locker became the victims of the acts against woman employee R, to which Natan Eshel admitted in a plea bargain.”

Yisrael Hayom discusses the deaths of journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in the Baba Amr neighborhood of the Syrian city of Homs, due to indiscriminate shelling by Syrian government forces. The author lauds Colvin’s career, dedication and integrity and urges his reader, „As we listen, watch or read about what is happening in Syria, we should remember those who are risking their lives so that the world might know. The question is whether the world will draw the necessary conclusions from the work of Marie Colvin and her colleagues.”

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