The UK and international media today widely covers the UN General Assembly vote last night that condemned the Syrian regime’s violence against its citizens and called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. Several papers report on the latest developments in the investigation into attacks against Israeli diplomats earlier this week. The Times and the Daily Telegraph quote a Thai police official who said authorities were convinced that the plotters were seeking to target an Israeli official. The International Herald Tribune reports on comments made on Thursday by James Clapper, director of US National Intelligence, in which he warned that Iran has not yet decided to abandon its nuclear aspiration, but that it was unlikely to provoke a military conflict. The Daily Mirror reports that Iran has joined forces with al-Qaeda to carry out a terror attack in Britain. The Daily Telegraph runs and opinion piece by Con Coughlin in which he suggests that Iran’s leadership is using international terror to gain domestic political support. Adrian Hamilton of the Independent, meanwhile, calls for renewed diplomatic engagement with Iran to resolve the dispute over its nuclear programme. The Guardian runs an opinion piece by John Mueller that warns that a military strike on Iran would be counterproductive. An opinion piece in the Times by Amir Taheri raises similar concerns. The Guardian and the Independent report on a Palestinian man who is on hunger strike in an Israeli prison, raising fears for his health. Several papers note that six Palestinian children and a schoolteacher were killed yesterday in a bus accident north of Jerusalem.
In the Israeli press, all papers and online news sources cover the UN General Assembly vote last night to condemn the Syrian regime. The investigation into the attacks against Israeli diplomats in Thailand, India and Georgia earlier this week is also widely covered. Reports point to Israeli concern that additional terrorists might still be operating in Thailand. Haaretz reports that the US seized assets of the Iranian ministry of intelligence for assisting the violent crackdown in Syria. Yediot Ahronot leads with concerns in the IDF command that planned budget cuts will compromise the military’s operational readiness. Several papers note that Yair Lapid, a prominent journalist who recently announced his intention to enter politics, presented his political agenda in a speech yesterday. Israel Hayom reports on Turkish concerns over increasing Israeli ties with Balkan countries. The paper also covers Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Cyprus yesterday. Israel Radio News and the Jerusalem Post note a statement by the spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria who said the movement will strive for an agreement with Israel regarding the Golan Heights if it gains power. All papers note yesterday’s bus accident that resulted in the deaths of six Palestinian children and a schoolteacher north of Jerusalem. All papers and online news sources also cover the preparations for a major winter storm.