HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS
HA’ARETZ:1. GROWING CRITICISM OF SHAPIRA APPOINTMENT AS STATE COMPTROLLER
2. PROTEST, VERSION 2.0: THE PEOPLE DEMAND ALL SORTS OF THINGS
1. WAVE OF VIOLENCE: BRUTAL RAPE IN TEL AVIV, MURDER IN NETANYA
1. IDF THREW THE MONEY DOWN A PIT
Security system invested tens of millions of shekels to construct a command bunker. But now, apparently, it is likely to collapse if hit by a missile
– and the project has been frozen.
1. Manhunt for vicious attacker in central Tel Aviv.
NIGHTMARE IN CITY PARK
2. PROTEST RETURNS
– ONLY THOUSANDS CAME (…).
1. ULPANA HILL RESIDENTS PETITION HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE TO FREEZE DEMOLITION OF HOMES
2. EGYPT DENYING: NO DEAL TO RELEASE OUDA TARABIN
3. NETANYAHU PASSED LETTER TO ABU MAZEN: „WE ARE COMMITTED TO PEACE”
1. NETANYAHU ALONGSODE MOFAZ: WE WILL PASS REPLACEMENT OF TAL LAW BY AUGUST 1
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 14:20.] ______________________________
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot discusses the controversy over the Ulpana Hill section of Beit El in light of the recent High Court of Justice ruling which deems it to have been illegally built on Palestinian-owned land and has ordered its evacuation by July 1. The author notes that some right-wing MKs are attempting to initiate legislation that would bypass the High Court and allow Ulpana Hill and other settlement outposts to remain in place, but claims that only the IDF, not the Knesset, is entitled to legislate in Judea and Samaria, by right of their being occupied territory to which Israeli sovereignty has never been applied. The paper cautions that, „If the Knesset tries to pass legislation that applies to the occupied territories, this would be considered as annexing the territories and placing them under Israeli law,” and predicts that this would invite an international firestorm of criticism against Israel.
Ma’ariv ventures that, „The Arab world is convinced that behind the announcement about the formation of a unity government is Israel’s intention to start a war, and not just on the Iranian front,” and asserts, „For whatever reason, official Israel has chosen to leave the field to the Arab spokesmen. Jerusalem’s voice has not been heard
– not in any attempt to dispel war concerns and not in an effort to blunt the diplomatic pressure being initiated by the Palestinian Authority.” The author says, „The decision to form a unity government was made suddenly and at the last minute, but as soon as it became a done deal, it should have been marketed better to the public in the region. Israel would have done well to send out reassuring messages to regional leaders and public opinion-makers. Even though anything Jerusalem says is currently treated with suspicion, the deafening silence is being taken as tantamount to a declaration of war.”
Yisrael Hayom refers to the earthquake that was felt in Israel last Friday night<www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=269610> and believes that, „Israel is somewhat complacent on the issue partly because a significant earthquake has not been felt here since the 6.3 quake in 1927.” However, the author warns that, „Earthquake awareness in Israel is insufficient and we must not be remiss in dealing with this substantive issue. To remove all doubt, it is certain that there will be an earthquake
– we just do not know exactly where and when. Therefore, we must not shut our eyes.”