HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS

 

HA’ARETZ:1. SECOND TIME IN ONE MONTH: NETANYAHU INTERVENES AND EASES GASOLINE PRICE HIKE

Price of electricity up 8.3%, 25% increase in last year. Tel Aviv: Hundreds protest against cost of living.

2. ARAB HAPOEL HAIFA PLAYER BEATEN IN MELEE AT END OF FOOTBALL MATCH

MA’ARIV:1. AGAIN AT THE LAST MINUTE, AGAIN OVER STEINITZ’s HEAD

Netanyahu decides to ease gasoline price hike. Price per liter to stand at NIS 8. Bank of Israel Governor Fischer: „Those who cut taxes moments before elections do not always win.”

 

YEDIOT AHRONOT:1. Due to concern for social protest conflagration NETANYAHU STOPS AT NIS 8 (…).

YISRAEL HAYOM

1. (…).

PM INTERVENED: GASOLINE

NIS 8 PER LITER

2. AGAIN: UGLY VIOLENCE IN CHAMPION’S LEAGUE Maccabi Petah Tikva officials beat and kick Hapoel Haifa player Ali Hatib, sending him to the hospital unconscious

 

 

WALLA!

1. NETANYAHU: „WE NEED THE TAXES FOR IRON DOME BATTERIES”

 

 

2. TURKEY FOILS IRANIAN ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO SYRIA

Second time this year: Turkish security forces stop trucks trying to transport to Damascus material liable to be used as a deadly weapon against the uprising.

 

 

NANA10

1. WAR GAMES: IDF TO SIMULATE BATTLE AGAINST SUBMARINES TOGETHER WITH US AND GREECE

 

 

[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 11:25.] ______________________________

SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS

Yediot Ahronot discusses Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz’s decision last night to reduce a planned increase in the price of gasoline<www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=264228&gt; and says that, „It is moving and nice that Prime Minister Netanyahu thinks about us and

in a regular media ritual

slightly lowers the taxes on gasoline, always at the last minute.” The author dismisses the claim that the lost revenues will be offset by internal government efficiency measures, namely by not replacing retirees, and declares that, „If it looks like an election economics duck, walks like an election economics duck and quacks like an election economics duck, it certainly is an election economics duck.”

Ma’ariv refers to the fate of President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria. The author believes that, „While one really cannot say when his time will come, it is clear that he and his supporters are living on borrowed time. Syria’s economy has been almost totally destroyed over the past year and it is unable to bear the costs of its large military. The bloodshed, which has struck tens of thousands of families, has turned the struggle from national to personal and total. Those out for vengeance will want not only the heads of Assad, his family and the rest of the Alawite minority, but will also seek to settle accounts with those elements that are helping the regime to survive

 

 

Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.” The paper urges the Government and the security services to prepare for a post-Assad Syria, including the question of how to deal with the dictator’s arsenal.

Yisrael Hayom analyzes Tzipi Livni’s ouster as head of Kadima, and leader of the opposition, by Shaul Mofaz in last week’s Kadima leadership primary. The author suggests that she erred twice by assuming that the current government would not last and by failing to articulate a credible, consistent alternative to it: „She waited for the moment when the Government would fall and she would be there, ready to take over… This did not happen. She paid for her slumber in the primary.” The paper doubts whether Shaul Mofaz will be capable of achieving what Livni could not.

 

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