HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

 

HA’ARETZ:1. NETANYAHU TO OBAMA: I HAVE NOT YET DECIDED TO OPEN AN ATTACK AGAINST IRAN.

Two leaders agree on stepped-up coordination regarding Iranian nuclear issue. Chief-of-Staff Gantz to leave for Washington in two weeks.

 

2. 19 YEAR OLD THREW ROCKS, IDF SOLDIER FIRED A GAS CANISTER AT HIS HEAD AND MORTALLY WOUNDED HIM

According to witnesses, it was done intentionally, against orders. IDF not denying it.

MA’ARIV

1. PRIME MINISTER TOLD OBAMA: WE HAVE NOT DECIDED TO ATTACK IRAN

Netanyahu emphasized that Israel has the right to defend itself, and asked the American President to intensify sanctions.

 

YEDIOT AHRONOT

1. NETANYAHU: I HAVE NOT YET DECIDED TO ATTACK Administration sources, who reported on Netanyahu-Obama conversation, added: Netanyahu also made it clear that Israel has the right to attack Iran. Obama: Several months necessary for sanctions.

YISRAEL HAYOM

1. Netanyahu to Obama: Iranians have decided to destroy Israel.

STILL NO DECISION TO ATTACK IRAN

So the PM made it clear to the President. Leaders agreed that nuclear Iran must not be allowed but differences still remain on question of attack. Obama: Give sanctions time, military operation is liable to be disastrous. Netanyahu: US understands our right to self-defense.

 

WALLA!

1. NETANYAHU AT AIPAC CONGRESS: „IMPOSSIBLE TO WAIT FOR DIPLOMACY”

2. PEACE NOW DIRECTOR-GENERAL COMPLAINS THAT HE RECEIVED DEATH THREAT

NANA10

1. NETANYAHU ON IRAN: „2012 IS NOT 1944; NOT POSSIBLE TO WAIT MUCH LONGER” 

[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:45.] ______________________________

SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

All three papers discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s current trip to the US and the Iranian nuclear threat:

Yediot Ahronot says, „The main dispute between Obama and Netanyahu was about timetables,” and adds that, „Netanyahu made it clear that from Israel’s point-of-view, the clock is ticking,” because, „As soon as Iran conceals its nuclear installations, Israel will be unable to attack them because it lacks the appropriate equipment.” The author notes that while the Prime Minister refused to accede to the President’s request to allow more time for sanctions and diplomacy to work, the former nevertheless reassured the latter that,” The decision to attack has not yet been made.” The paper suggests that, „Obama promised Netanyahu that if he waits now and trusts him, then on the fateful day, Obama will take military action against Iran,” and adds that, „An Israeli Prime Minister could not have hoped to receive a more credible commitment from an American President.” The author believes that President Obama succeeded in buying time and declares that, „This was the most encouraging thing that Netanyahu left behind him at the White House yesterday.”

Ma’ariv suggests, „Obama and Netanyahu are in an interesting and strange situation. They are playing poker against the Iranians, but also against each other. Obama knows that Netanyahu cannot give up the threat to attack because it is the only card he has. Netanyahu knows that Obama will not give him a green light to attack because it would cancel his diplomatic efforts and transfer the initiative to an arena that he has no control over. Obama does not want to promise Netanyahu a future American attack and does not want to give guarantees that such an attack will take place.” The author adds, „And in any case, what guarantees could he give? As soon as Israel’s window of opportunity closes, the American President could change his mind and renege on his promises on the grounds that circumstances have changed,” and reminds his readers that, „In the 1950’s, the US promised Israel that it would maintain freedom of navigation in the Straits of Tiran, but in the 1960’s, it became clear that the promise would not be upheld.”

Yisrael Hayom contends that, „Until yesterday’s meeting, we knew that the US did not want an attack. Now it arises that Israel has yet to make a decision. Could it be that the biggest winner from the meeting was Khamenei? Washington gained time. Let us hope that Tehran does not gain a bomb.”

BreuerPress-info