HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS
1. NETANYAHU TO BARAK: ORDER POSTPONEMENT OF HEBRON EVICTION
Today: Ministers and MKs to visit settlement outpost, but Defense Ministry clarifies that eviction order will go into effect at 15:00.
2. NIR BARKAT ADVANCING ESTABLISHMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD ADJACENT TO ABU DIS
3. Instead of Air Force strikes
IDF ESTABLISHING BATTALION SPECIALIZING IN FIRING OF MISSILES INTO POPULATION CENTERS
1. KIRYAT SHMONA ARE THE CHAMPIONS
Not Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, not Haifa. Kiryat Shmona has made football history.
2. CONCERN IN IDF: ‘HOUSE OF THE PATRIARCHS’ BUILDING IN HEBRON MAY BECOME A FOCUS OF PILGRIMAGE
Eviction order for settler families to expire today at 15:00. Netanyahu asked Barak to delay eviction.
1. HEBRON: EVICTION CANCELLED
After Barak ordered eviction of ‘House of the Patriarchs’ building: Netanyahu called and requested delay.
1. HOUSE OF DISCONTENT
Civil Administration ordered, troops prepared to evict
– but a demonstration of support by the Right and PM’s intervention granted a temporary stay for settlers in ‘House of the Patriarchs’ building in Hebron.
1. ‘HOUSE OF THE PATRIARCHS’ BUILDING OCCUPANTS: „NETANYAHU WILL PAY FOR THE EVICTION AT THE POLLS”
ULTIMATUM TO ‘HOUSE OF THE PATRIARCHS’ BUILDING OCCUPANTS WILL EXPIRE: „ONE MINISTER WILL NOT DECIDE ON HIS OWN”
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:25.]
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot notes that, „Land Day in Israel and the territories passed quietly, i.e. there were demonstrations and clashes here and there, but the promised millions did not come,” and says that this is one sign that, „The upheavals in the Arab world have turned the Israeli-Palestinian dispute into what it should have been from the outset
– a fairly marginal conflict, one of the products of the struggle between blocs that can – with the right combination of carrots and sticks – be solved locally.” However, the author adds that, „This awareness has yet to reach some of the Palestinians’ supporters in the West,” and reminds them that, „The critical question is the future of Egypt, Iraq and Syria –
futures that have no clear connection to ‘our’ conflict.” The paper concludes that, „The ideological weariness, on both sides, is an opportunity for pragmatism,” in order to achieve an agreement.
Ma’ariv decries the nepotism at the Israel Electric Corp. and other, state-run, companies. The author reminds his readers that the State Comptroller has dealt with the issue more than once but asserts that, „The State Companies Authority does not dare to deal with this hot potato.” The paper also claims that MKs, even those most closely identified with social issues, have shied away from the issue and concludes that, „Only an MK with reputation for bravery, who does not depend on party central committees or primaries, is likely to advance legislation to correct this failing. But someone who is thus willing to commit suicide is unlikely to be found
at least not in the current Knesset.”
Yisrael Hayom discusses the latest controversy in Hebron. While the author avers that, „Jews have the right to live in any legally purchased or rented home anywhere, certainly in the Land of Israel,” he nevertheless believes that, „The unilateral entry into a building without notifying the local military commander in advance and receiving his consent, as is required in an area that is not under Israeli sovereignty, is unacceptable.” The paper says that, „One cannot countenance the settlers’ impatient move that is liable to affect both Israel’s diplomatic situation and the tense quiet that currently prevails between the security forces and the Palestinian Authority,” and urges that they be evacuated from the building in question while they plead their case in court.