The execution of an Iranian convicted of involvement in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in 2010 is widely covered in the British media today. The man, 24-year-old Majid Jamali Fashi, was accused of working for Mossad. According to the Times, the publication of confidential diplomatic cables by Wikileaks may have sealed Fashi’s fate. The Guardian reports that the International Olympic Committee has rejected an Israeli request for a minute’s silence at the start of the London Olympic Games to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The Independent discusses a new play by Israeli playwright AB Yehoshua, which opens in Tel Aviv this week. The play, Can Two Walk Together?, dramatises meetings between David Ben-Gurion and Zeev Jabotinsky in London in 1934. Writing in the Times, an Iranian commentator argues that, rather than pursuing peace with the Palestinians, Israel should address the deficiencies of its electoral system and reach out to regional partners who may ‘gradually feel kinship with Israel, the only established democracy in the Middle East’.
The six-power talks with Iran in Vienna are discussed in the Israeli media. The Jerusalem Post reports that Washington think-tank the Institute for Science and International Security has found links between Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi and the Iranian nuclear programme. Haaretz reports that the RAND Institute, which has previously said Iran is certain to acquire nuclear arms, has called on the US administration to “quietly influence the internal Israeli discussion over the use of military force.” Maariv notes that supporters of a bill to retroactively legalise the Ulpana Hill outpost have decided to delay bringing the legislation to a vote. Former Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch yesterday warned the government against passing a specific law to bypass the court’s judgement in this case. YNet reports that a Washington DC court has awarded damages of $323 million to the family of a US citizen killed in a 2006 suicide bomb. The court ruled the governments of Iran and Syria responsible for supporting Palestinian terrorists, and are now liable for the damages. Israel Radio reports that the wife of Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein is expected to face criminal charges for illegally employing a foreign worker.