In the UK and international press, all papers report on the international community’s response to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that said Iran was developing nuclear weaponry. The Daily Mail notes that intelligence officials warned that Israel could launch a military strike on Iran’s nuclear programme as soon as next month. The Guardian notes that Russia rejected EU calls for further sanctions against Iran following the revelations of the report. The Guardian carries an editorial on the Iranian nuclear situation calling a military strike on Iran “madness.” The paper also reports that Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons yesterday that Britain is considering financial and energy sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. The Evening Standard notes that Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons yesterday that Britain will abstain from the Palestinian UN bid for statehood. The Telegraph carries the response and criticism Hague received after announcing Britain’s abstention to the Palestinian UN bid. Reuters reports that the gas pipeline in Egypt that sends gas to Israel and Jordan was bombed for the seventh time within a year.
In the Israeli press, Haaretz front page notes that memorials where held yesterday across the country and in the Knesset marking the Hebrew calendar anniversary of the assassination of former-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. The paper notes that two senior US officials will arrive in Israel next week to discuss plans for new sanctions against Iran. In addition, the front page of Haaretz notes that the evacuation of the illegal outpost of Givat Assaf in the West Bank will be postponed by half a year. The Jerusalem Post front page notes that Western powers are calling for tougher sanction on Iran. Israel Hayom calls it judgment day for former President Moshe Katsav who will receive a ruling today by the Supreme Court on his appeal for two counts of rape and other sexual crimes.
In other news, Haaretz reports that UK Ambassador Matthew Gould warned Likud MK Ofir Akunis that if a bill limiting donations to Israeli NGOS were passed it would reflect badly on Israel in the international community. The papers note that several Arab leaders have offered Syrian President Bashar Assad a safe haven if he plans to leave Syria amid the anti-government protests. The Jerusalem Post notes that President Shimon Peres and Defence Minister Ehud Barak used the Yitzhak Rabin memorial to call for peace talks and the return to negotiations with the Palestinians. The Jerusalem Post notes that the gas pipeline in Egypt that feeds to Jordan and Israel was blown up for the sixth time this year in Northern Sinai.