HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
1. NETANYAHU: WE ACTED IN THE PAST WITHOUT US BACKING.
In Knesset speech, PM said that Menachem Begin decided to attack the Iraqi reactor despite international criticism.
1. ASSESSMENT: MAJORITY OF CABINET FAVORS ATTACK ON IRAN.
Yesterday: PM gave one of his most aggressive and explicit speeches yet on Iranian issue. Several Cabinet ministers have said in private conversations that „This sounds like a preparation for attack speech.”
2. QUIET VIOLATED AGAIN: CLASSES CANCELLED IN THE SOUTH TODAY FOLLOWING GRAD FIRE AT BE’ER SHEVA.
1. 135,000 PUPILS AT HOME.
IDF Home Front Command did not order closure of schools in the south. But mayors of Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Gan Yavne decided not to take any chances due to yesterday’s GRAD firing. IDF: We will respond.
1. FIRING RESUMES, PUPILS IN THE SOUTH STAY HOME AGAIN.
Ceasefire being tested: Iron Dome system intercepts GRAD rocket fired at Be’er Sheva. Additional rocket exploded in open area. Air Force attacks in Gaza. Mayors take no chances: No classes today either. GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Rousso: I don’t know how much longer the calm will last<www.idf.il/1283-15262-en/Dover.aspx>.
1. FIRING AT THE SOUTH CONTINUES: GRAD INTERCEPTED OVER BE’ER SHEVA.
Rocket joins Kassam that was fired this morning at the Sdot Negev Regional Council<eng.negev-net.org.il/htmls/article2.aspx?C2053=12608&BSP=12580> area. No casualties and no damage in both cases. (…).
2. SUSPECTED TERRORIST ATTACK: YOUNG WOMAN STABBED ON JERUSALEM LIGHT RAIL.
Preliminary investigation: Train was at station and when doors opened, an apparently Arab youth stabbed the young woman and fled. Searches underway. Young woman in serious condition.
1. STABBING ATTACK IN JERUSALEM: ISRAELI WOMAN SERIOUSLY WOUNDED, ASSAILANT FLED.
Arab youth stabbed young woman inside light rail car in Pisgat Zeev<www.jerusalem.muni.il/jer_sys/picture/atarim/site_form_atar_eng.asp?site_id=2277&pic_cat=4&icon_cat=6&york_cat=9&type_id=197> and fled. MDA team treated her and evacuated her to Sha’rei Tzedek hospital<www.szmc.org.il/Default.aspx?alias=www.szmc.org.il/en> in serious condition. Searches underway for the youth. (…).
2. WARNING SOUNDED IN BE’ER SHEVA ROCKET INTERCEPTED BY IRON DOME.
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 11:10.] ______________________________
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot comments on the state of Turkey-Israel relations and reminds its readers that, „This week, Erdogan made one of his ridiculous remarks that Israel is perpetrating murder in Gaza but it seems that nobody takes the Turkish President seriously anymore; not abroad, and it appears not at home either.” The author points out that, „Despite Erdogan’s threats, Israel has not apologized following the events regarding the Mavi Marmara, has not compensated the injured and has not lifted the maritime blockade on Gaza. Nevertheless, bilateral trade has increased by 30%, from $3.4 billion in 2010 to $4.5 billion in 2011.”
Ma’ariv notes the compromise that has been reached regarding Migron<www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng/Communication/Spokesman/2012/03/spokemigron120312.htm>. The author, a resident of Migron, writes: „Let’s stop and think for a moment. Under the Iranian threat, under the things that are flying at the south and which are ready to be launched at the north, as Syria falls apart with who-knows-what consequences, are the residents of Migron, Givat Asaf, Hebron and Yitzhar the reason for the conflict in the Middle East? Are they the source of the threat?”
Yisrael Hayom discusses the Iranian threat and avers that, „If there is a real chance to cause Iran to give up its nuclear project without the use of force by Israel and/or America and/or Europe, it is based on the ability of Netanyahu and his ministers to create a credible atmosphere that their warnings are not in vain.”