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Editorials from the Hebrew Press - July 17, 2003

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      SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
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      (Government Press Office)
      17 July 2003

      Ha'aretz - http://www.haaretz.com
      Jerusalem Post - http://www.jpost.com
      Ma'ariv - http://www.maariv.co.il
      Yediot Aharonot - http://www.ynet.co.il
      Hazofe - http://www.hazofe.co.il
      Globes - http://www.globes.co.il

      Ha'aretz writes: "There is a growing impression that the Palestinian
      authorities, particular the security services, are making a greater
      effort to foil attacks. There has been some attempt to collect illegal
      weapons, security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians has
      been restored after three years of no connection, and there has even
      been a substantial reduction in what is defined as incitement in the
      Palestinian media. This state of relative calm could lead to the wrong
      conclusion that this is permanent, with no time limit. It would be best
      to remember that the cease-fire is accompanied by conditions that make
      obligations of Israel no less than those made to the Palestinian
      Authority. Israel has an enormous interest in strengthening the
      cease-fire, and especially Abbas' ability to rule. Foot dragging on the
      prisoner releases, the suspension of the removal of outposts, and a
      miserly approach to allowing freedom of movement are a guarantee of
      achieving the opposite result."

      Two papers discuss the rescue operation carried out by the Israeli
      security services to free cab driver Eliyahu Gurel:

      Yediot Aharonot says, "The commanders and fighters deserve every praise
      for a flawless operation," and dismisses the comparison with the
      operation to save kidnapped soldier Nachshon Waxman several years ago.

      Hatzofeh congratulates the security services for their successful
      efforts in freeing kidnapped cab driver Eliyahu Gurel. The editors point
      out that the Palestinian Authority made no effort at all to help secure
      Eliyahu Gurel's release and add, "This incident is yet further proof
      that the Palestinian Authority is not prepared to take the necessary
      steps to stop terror." The paper hopes that the Israeli government will
      take this into consideration when implementing the road map.

      The Jerusalem Post writes: "Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
      Chairman Yuval Steinitz has submitted a bill that would keep volatile and
      inflammatory politics away from the homes and families of public figures.
      It is sad that our style of discourse has made his bill necessary.
      Civility should not have to be imposed from above, with the blunt tool of
      the law. Yet if this desirable state is not ingrained in our psyche, then
      perhaps the law can instruct the citizenry that certain behavior cannot
      be indulged and that even cabinet members are flesh and blood and have
      families whose lives cannot be disrupted willfully, no matter how just
      the cause. We hope the Steinitz bill becomes law and succeeds in altering
      flawed norms."

      Yediot Aharonot, in its second editorial, muses that "the Knesset took a
      huge step yesterday in its route to becoming the lowest place on earth"
      when the Knesset House Committee voted that MKs should retain the
      authority to decide whether or not to lift an MK's immunity.

      Yediot Aharonot, in its third editorial, criticizes the US for imposing
      impossible demands on those requesting visas to enter the country.

      [Eitan Haber wrote today's editorial in Yediot Aharonot. Ma'ariv had no
      editorial in today's edition.]

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