HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI PRESS
HA’ARETZ:1. FINANCE MINISTRY: RECRUIT ULTRA-ORTHODOX TO POLICE AND FIRE SERVICE
The ministry is formulating alternative plans to Tal Law, made to overcome [ultra-orthodox] yeshiva students’ opposition to serving.
2. INDIA REFUSED TO HOST MINISTER BARAK OUT OF CONCERN FOR MUSLIM VIOLENCE
1. COMPLAINT TO POLICE: MINISTER YISHAI INCITING VIOLENCE AGAINST FOREIGNERS
Hours after Interior Minister called for „jailing refugees without exception,” workers at aid center for foreign workers received death threats for the first time. Organization contacts police: „Yishai fanning hatred.”
1. New law would allow additional bodies to impinge on privacy.
WE ARE BEING WATCHED
1. Infiltration issue: Between poverty and crime, the problem is worsening.
Rising violence has led to rising tone against the foreigners. Yishai: „Put them all in jail.” Aharonovitch: „Prepared to pay them to leave.” South Tel Aviv residents demand a solution: We live in fear.”
2. A FIRST IN ISRAEL: FACE TRANSPLANTS
Soon: Doctors at Ichilov [Hospital] will be amongst the few in the world to do facial replacement surgery. (…).
3. „KHAMEINI TOLD ME THAT ISRAEL MUST BE BURNED”
Former Spanish Prime Minister [Aznar] revealed at a Jerusalem conference what Teheran’s real intentions are.
1. NETANYAHU LEAVING ON STATE VISIT TO CZECH REPUBLIC, ACCOMPANIED BY SIX MINISTERS
1. BARAK: „WE ARE ATTENTIVE TO THE US ON THE IRANIAN ISSUE, BUT WE ARE ACTING INDEPENDENTLY”
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 08:30.] ______________________________
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Yediot Ahronot discusses the ethnic divisions within Iran and reminds its readers that ethnic Persians are less than 50% of the population and that Iran has substantial Azeri, Kurdish and other minorities with irredentist sentiments. The author suggests that working in the current regime’s favor is the fear that if it fell, „the result would be utter chaos and perhaps civil war, exactly as occurred in Lebanon from 1975-1989 and as is now happening in Syria,” and adds that, „Iranian citizens look at Syria and see themselves. This is the reason that despite the repression and their sense of revulsion at the regime, they can continue to support it as a buffer between them and the abyss replete with ethnic slaughter.” The paper concludes, „The main weakness of the regime in Tehran is, therefore, also a source of strength.”
Ma’ariv comments on the peace process with the Palestinians and claims that the Israeli media is too uncritical of Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen’s, „continuing refusal to enter into any kind of dialogue.” The author asserts that, „Netanyahu needs to be a little flexible but, at the same time, Abu Mazen also needs to be flexible,” and warns, „As long as we do not criticize his refusal, we are
– in effect – encouraging him to dig in rather than compromise.”
Yisrael Hayom refers to the ongoing controversy over illegal
– mainly African – migrants in Israel and avers, „Israel must make a decision that sets a reasonable quota for work migrants, who – after the fact – would be eligible to be absorbed here. But the decisive majority of those infiltrators who are seeking – and this must be underscored – economic welfare, must return to their homelands.” The author believes, „This is the ethical choice to which the Government is obligated vis-à-vis its citizens.”