HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

 

HA’ARETZ:1. EGYPTIAN EFFORT TO ACHIEVE CEASEFIRE IN SOUTH

More than 50 rockets landed in Israel yesterday, one north of Gedera. Woman moderately wounded in Ashdod. IDF prepared to intercept missiles fired at greater Tel Aviv area

 

 

MA’ARIV

1. LAST NIGHT: ADVANCED CONTACTS TOWARD CEASEFIRE IN SOUTH

Arab media outlets report that understandings have been achieved to end current round of fighting. Israel clarifies: „There is no agreement, but quiet will be answered with quiet.” Evening rocket attacks and attacks on Gaza continued.

 

 

YEDIOT AHRONOT

1. Egypt trying to orchestrate calm, Iran pressing to continue firing CONTACTS TOWARD A CEASEFIRE While Islamic Jihad is intensifying rate of fire and rocket launch range, Cairo and Hamas are trying to bring about an end to the round of escalation. Senior Egyptian source: We have agreed upon a ceasefire and we hope that the sides will honor it.”

YISRAEL HAYOM

1. Netanyahu accuses: Iran behind Islamic Jihad rocket attacks.

BASIS OF CEASEFIRE: „QUIET WILL BE ANSWERED WITH QUIET”

Day five of escalation; no classes in the south today as well. Under Egyptian mediation: Move to formulate outline for calm. IDF has eliminated 25 terrorist militants so far. Direct hit on Ashdod; rocket hits north of Gedera.

 

WALLA!

1. REPORT: „CEASEFIRE ACHIEVED”; IDF EXAMINING THE FACTS

2. SINCE BEGINNING OF ESCALATION: 166 ROCKETS FALL IN ISRAELI TERRITORY

3. CHIEF OF STAFF: „WE HAVE USED ONLY A THOUSANDTH OF OUR STRENGTH IN GAZA”

 

 

NANA10

1. CEASEFIRE ACHIEVED? ROCKET FIRE ON SOUTHERN COMMUNITIES CONTINUES

 

 

2. REPORT FROM INDIA: TRAIL OF ATTACK ON ISRAEL DIPLOMATIC VEHICLE LEADS TO IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE

Police in India solve attack against Israeli diplomat in New Delhi last month.

 

 

[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:00] ______________________________

SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS

All three papers discuss various issues regarding the escalation in the south:

Yediot Ahronot warns that, „The current round of fighting in the south and the relative success of Iron Dome are liable to create a dangerous illusion to the effect that this system can resolve the complex problem that Israel is destined to deal with in the near future.” The author, a former IDF Gaza Division commander, notes the new situation that has been created in Sinai after the fall of the Mubarak regime and believes that, „The Government must internalize the fact that there is a new situation in the south. The export of terrorism to Sinai requires a much more effective defensive alignment so that it would be possible to foil attempted terrorist attacks not just by striking at the organizations’ leaders (successors always pop up immediately).” The paper cautions that, „Without a well-conceived attack initiative, Israel is liable to dragged

within a short time into additional escalations.”

Ma’ariv asserts that, „The conflict in the south guarantees that the defense budget will not only not be cut, but will be increased.” The author says that, „Social protest is old news,” and adds, „Iron Dome must be paid for.”

Yisrael Hayom suggests that, „Decision-makers in Cairo, Gaza and Jerusalem held to one understanding last night: If an arrangement is not found to quickly restore calm, matters are liable to get out of control and lead to an escalation that none of the sides really wants.” The author notes that a combination of Iron Dome and effective intelligence has

so far

neutralized Islamic Jihad’s, „desire to see bodies,” but speculates that, „Even on the assumption that calm is restored, it is doubtful whether the area will be quiet for even 40 days.” The paper adds that, „Israel will not accede to Hamas’s avowed request to stop foiling attacks and striking at terrorists, something that ensures that every round will be more violent than its predecessors,” with Gaza-based missiles hitting ever further north.

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