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Israeli authors Oz and Grossman shortlisted for Man Booker prize

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The Financial Times, Guardian and i all report that two Israeli authors, Amos Oz and David Grossman, have been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. The six final candidates were chosen from 125 books and the winner will be announced in London on 14 June.

The Times reports the arrest of two sisters by Israel’s Shin Bet security agency for attempting to smuggle explosives into Israel in vials marked as “medical materials”. One of the two sisters was a cancer patient travelling to Israel for treatment.

In coverage of the chemical attack in Idlib, Syria, The Times notes that some Israeli military officials believe that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime may possess up to three tonnes of chemical weapons.

The Times also reports that US Defence Secretary James Mattis is in Israel today, as part of his tour of the Middle East.

All of the Israeli media report on the ISIS terror attack in Paris that killed two policeman. Ha’aretz analyses the potential consequences for the French Presidential elections.

Israel Army Radio reports on US Defence Secretary James Mattis’s visit.

Maariv features a conversation with Yad Labanim organisation Chairman Eli Ben-Shem, who criticised Likud MKs Bitan and Zohar’s conduct towards bereaved families at Wednesday’s Knesset Audit Committee hearing on Operation Protective Edge. Ben-Shem termed it “a circus and a disgrace” saying that while Bitan and Zohar approached him with a request to arrange a meeting with the families to apologise, this should wait until after Memorial Day. Yad Labanim also sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein demanding that the two firmly condemn the attacks on the bereaved families by the Likud MKs.

Israel Army Radio reports that Israeli authors Amos Oz and David Grossman have been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.

Israel Hayom reports the announcement by the Tax Authority that the order cancelling the purchase tax on cellphones, batteries and SIM cards has been implemented. The cellphone companies and retailers announced they are lowering the price of mobile devices today by 15 per cent.

Maariv reports that the State Attorney’s Office is likely to indict the Prime Minister’s wife Sara Netanyahu for offences related to her conduct in the Prime Minister’s Residence. The final decision will be made by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.