HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS
HA’ARETZ:1. AGREED-UPON DATE FOR ELECTIONS: SEPTEMBER 4.
Likud, Labor and Shas agreed on date
– Kadima opposed. Knesset expected to be dissolved next week, less than two weeks after opening of session.
2. Ha’aretz poll:
48% FAVOR NETANYAHU AS PRIME MINISTER.
3. SMOKING TO BE BANNED AT BUS STOPS.
1. KNESSET TO BE DISSOLVED NEXT WEEK, ELECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER 4.
Ma’ariv-TNS/Teleseker poll: 124 days before voting
– Likud continues to lead, Kadima has only 11 seats. Last night Mofaz declared: „Ready to reserve #2 spot on list for Livni.”
1. Elections in another 124 days.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012.
Yesterday: Coalition Chairman submitted draft legislation to dissolve the Knesset
– and next week, MKs are expected to leave on election recess.
2. BEFORE ELECTIONS: LIBERMAN FORMING MAJORITY FOR LAW TO DRAFT ULTRA-ORTHODOX YESHIVA STUDENTS.
1. THE RACE BEGINS.
Date: Elections to be held on September 4. Coalition achieves majority for Knesset dissolution; vote
– next Monday. Primaries to choose larger parties’ lists to be held in June.
2. EXTINGUISHING THE CIGARETTES.
(…). [Knesset] Health Committee expands order banning smoking in public places. (…).
1. MOFAZ RESERVES SPOT FOR LIVNI; HER CONFIDANTS: „NOT RELEVANT.”
1. DUE TO BRINGING FORWARD OF KNESSET ELECTIONS
– TAL LAW TO BE EXTENDED.
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 12:00.] ______________________________
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot discusses the upcoming delivery of a fourth German-built Dolphin class submarine for the Israel Navy. The author notes that, „The Israel Navy is undergoing an important conceptual change: From coastal defense (which is also important) to an arm that is no less strategic than the Air Force for the IDF and for Israel,” and avers that, „Israel’s submarines are the surest guarantee for maintaining stability and order in the Middle East. They help guarantee that the chance of war will decline and not rise. With such strength, Israel guards the depths and the stability of our region, and this is the best investment in regional peace.”
Ma’ariv discusses the upcoming elections and believes that, „The inability of the Center-Left parties to unite in a substantial political bloc ensures that the Right and the ultra-orthodox will continue to hold the reins.”
Yisrael Hayom endorses new, stricter anti-smoking regulations. The author says, „As the cliché says, I am prepared to fight and to man the barricades over the right of smokers to smoke but in the same breath, I am convinced of our right, the non-smokers (and we are the majority), not to become walking ashtrays when we are in public places.”