The killing of the man responsible for the shooting attack on the Jewish School in Toulouse by French police is widely reported in the UK media today. The Daily Telegraph reports that the suspect was on a US no-fly list, suggesting prior information about the threat he posed. Several papers analyse the political impact of the incident and the potential rise of far-right parties. The Times runs a comment piece suggesting that the French have refused to acknowledge the strong Islamist motivations of the Toulouse shooter. The Daily Mail runs a personal account of anti-Semitism in Manchester by a Jewish woman. In other news, the Financial Times reports that The UN Human Rights Council has opened its first investigation into Israel’s settlements in the West Bank, which has sparked an angry response from the Israeli government. The paper also reports on Israeli reactions toward the situation in Syria. The Guardian, meanwhile, notes that Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has been accused by several former senior officials of pro-western bias, and of over-reliance on unverified intelligence regarding the Iranian nuclear programme. BBC online reports that Asma el-Assad, the wife of the Syrian president, will face a EU travel ban and an asset freeze. BBC online also reports that Assad forces attacked a bus carrying approximately 60 Syrians trying to flee to Turkey.
The end of the siege on the apartment of the Toulouse murderer is also the top story in all of today’s Israeli newspapers. Ahead of the Kadima primaries next week, Yedioth Ahronoth publishes the results of a poll comparing election results depending on whether Tzipi Livni or Shaul Mofaz leads Kadima. It found that Kadima would win 15 seats under Livni, compared to 12 for Mofaz, with the results for all the other parties being either identical or almost identical irrespective of who led the party. Ynet online reports that Avi Dichter, who was a candidate for the Kadima leadership, announces he will be dropping out of the race and transferring his support to Mofaz. In other news, today’s papers report on the decision of the UN Human Rights Council to form a special fact-finding mission to examine the effect of construction in the settlements on the rights of the Palestinians. Israel was quick to announce that it would not cooperate with the committee. Maariv and Haaretz report that an agreement between the state and residents of the illegal Migron outpost came under criticism during a Supreme Court debate on the issue yesterday. The government’s attorneys argued that the delayed eviction of residents would enable a peaceful evacuation in three years. Haaretz also notes that the government is planning to expand voting rights for Israelis abroad, while Ynetnews quotes Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, who predicts early elections will likely take place this year. The Jerusalem Post reports that international donor states agreed to continue their financial support to the Palestinian Authority. Israel Radio news and Haaretz report that Israel will transfer to the Gaza Strip today 450,000 liters of diesel fuel in order to operate the Gaza power plant. Maariv and Israel Hayom note an expected 9% hike in electricity prices in Israel.