The renewed unrest in Egypt dominates Middle East coverage in the UK media today. All papers and news outlets have reports and analysis on the latest events in Cairo. In other items, the Guardian and Scotsman note Palestinian Authority President Abbas’s determination to seek a unity government with Hamas. The Daily Telegraph, Independent and Times note a grenade attack on a Baath Party building in Damascus. BBC Online, the Financial Times, Reuters, Scotsman and Sky News Online, meanwhile, report the Arab League’s rejection of Syrian conditions for approval of the League’s plan for ending unrest in Syria. The Times speaks to a Syrian protestor who was tortured while in custody. Reuters has an additional piece on the resolving of a dispute between the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Mossad intelligence agency. The Independent notes the closure of a radio station by the Israeli authorities, which the paper’s website bills as an ‘attempt to silence criticism of the right.’ (The Israeli Communications Ministry said that the station was broadcasting illegally into Israel.) The paper has an additional piece on 50 Israeli women who posed nude to show solidarity with Aliaa Elmahdy, a 20-year-old Egyptian who attracted death threats after posting a naked self-portrait on her blog.
Over the weekend, all papers had coverage of the continued violence in Syria and of renewed protests in Cairo. The Sunday Times interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Independent and the Scotsman on Saturday had pieces on criticism of Iran’s nuclear policy by a UN watchdog organization. The Times on Saturday, meanwhile, ran a piece arguing against a military strike on the Iranian nuclear program, and for the ‘containment’ of a nuclear Iran. The Sunday Times reviewed a documentary about Sudanese refugees trying to reach Israel from Sinai. The Mail on Sunday noted that the Egyptian peace with Israel has always been disliked by most of the Egyptian public. The Observer on Sunday noted a new guidebook on the PA territories. The Economist noted proposed reform of Israel’s Supreme Court.
The print editions of Israel Hayom, the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz lead with the unrest in Egypt. The Jerusalem Post notes that medical residents in Israel have agreed to return to talks with the Treasury. Haaretz, meanwhile, notes that a Judicial Appointments Committee has failed to select new justices for Israel’s Supreme Court – deciding that the candidate list should be reopened to select a more diverse group of candidates.
In the Israeli media online today, all papers focus on the unrest in Egypt. All papers also report on a scheduled visit by Jordanian King Abdullah II to Ramallah today. Ynetnews reports on a meeting of journalists in Tel Aviv yesterday held to protect the freedom of the press in Israel. Israel Hayom, meanwhile, quotes Defence Minister Ehud Barak who said that Iran’s nuclear program will become invulnerable to attack within a year. Maariv reports that the US is expected to announce new sanctions against Iran today.