In the UK media today, the Financial Times covers the “positive” IAEA talks being held in Tehran. The Times online reports that the IAEA demanded to be given access to the military complex in Parchin, where nuclear activity is suspected. The Independent and the BBC note that the violence in Syria has begun spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon. The Independent, Telegraph and Guardian report on the footage released by Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem appearing to show settlers shooting at a group of stone throwing Palestinians from the village of Asira al-Qibliya. A 24-year-old Palestinian was taken to hospital with head injuries. Of particular concern was the sight of IDF soldiers who did not appear to prevent the settlers from shooting. In a separate article online, the Telegraph reports that the IDF will be investigating the event. The Independent features the British Consul-General in Jerusalem who helped facilitate nine paralympian athletes from Gaza to visit the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
In today’s Israeli media, all papers focus on the visit of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in Tehran and his meeting with senior Iranian officials. Ma’ariv notes Israel’s concerned that “Iran is trying to create an illusion of good will in order to dodge severe sanctions and international pressure.” Meanwhile Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post report that the US Senate unanimously approved tougher sanctions on Iran yesterday. Various outlets report on Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s visit to London and his meetings with Foreign Minister Hague and other officials. Yediot Ahronot follows the first meeting of the committee redrafting Israel’s military service law. Although the Prime Minister called upon all factions to join this process it is being boycotted by Shas and United Torah Judaism the two ultra orthodox coalition partners. Haaretz prominently covers today’s election for the leadership of the Labour Union, Histadrut, noting over half a million people are eligible to vote. Jerusalem Post notes Palestinian scepticism over the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas. Israel Hayom show a poll from Egypt where 85% of people were against normalisation of relations with Israel. Yediot Ahronot follows Chief of Staff Benny Gantz on his official visit to China. Jerusalem Post also covers ongoing violence in Lebanon where rival Sunni gunmen killed two people in Beirut.