Alongside ubiquitous front-page photographs of wintry scenes and warnings of the storm to come, Yedioth Ahronoth and The Jerusalem Post both have prominent coverage of the post-assassination tempest.
According to Yedioth Ahronoth, the Shin Bet – concerned that Hizbollah will attempt to avenge Mughniyeh's death by assassinating an Israeli politician – has decided that government ministers will be accompanied by security guards during their private vacations abroad. The new instructions have already been relayed to security officers at the various government offices, according to the report.
Haaretz, meanwhile, reports that the IDF has deployed Patriot missile batteries near
The Jerusalem Post also looks toward
The paper adds that last week's assassination in
Haaretz and Maariv lead, however, with
According to Haaretz, a senior
An adviser to Abbas, Nimer Hammad, said Abbas had not agreed to delay negotiations on the city. He said 'the issue of
Olmert and Abbas' meeting in
The prime minister, facing a threat by coalition partner Shas to bolt the government and possibly lead to its fall, stated early this week that Abbas agreed not to discuss the proposal that Israel cede East Jerusalem. In what Reuters called an 'effort to mollify' the Shas party, Housing Minister Zev Boim said Tuesday that there are plans to build another 1,000 units in the Har Homa neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Arutz 7 reports that Israeli leaders sparred among themselves over the status of
Olmert defended his record on building up the city but opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the prime minister's policies will mean concessions and a withdrawal to the 1967 lines.
At the Jerusalem Conference, meanwhile, Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger turned to the foreign minister his address and urged her to use her role as 'chief negotiator with our enemies' to prevent
On more mundane matters, the rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip continued on Tuesday, with two rockets landing in
According to Army Radio – which counts this sort of thing – Sderot has been hit with 6,616 rockets in the past seven years.
Finally, back to the weather. Arutz 7 says that forecasters are scratching their heads following the non-appearance of what was expected to be the second big snowstorm of winter. While snow fell occasionally in the early hours of the morning in the capital and surrounding areas, most of it melted immediately, leaving a just thin covering.