Israeli tech growth boosts UK economy
City AM reports that strong digital growth in Tel Aviv is a benefit to the UK, and praises the UK-Israel Tech Hub created in 2011 which has supported digital technology deals between the UK and Israel worth £62m. The article notes that this will be “more important than ever as we leave the EU”.
The Guardian features a photograph of Prime Minister Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wading into the sea at Olga beach near Haifa, on the final day of Modi’s trip to Israel.
The Guardian criticises American rapper Jay-Z for using anti-Semitic tropes in his latest album. “The Story of OJ” contains the lyrics: “Ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America?”
Yediot Ahronot and Maariv continue to focus on the contest to lead the Labour Party. Yediot Ahronot pits them “head to head” and quotes Amir Peretz saying “star politicians without experience always end in huge crisis,” Avi Gabbay asks: “Someone who hasn’t taken control after 35 years, why would they succeed this time?” According to Maariv the candidates are neck and neck in the polls and outgoing chairman Isaac Herzog “is still on the fence; MK Shelly Yachimovich has voiced enthusiastic support for Avi Gabbai’s candidacy; MK Omer Bar-Lev has decided to remain neutral; whereas MK Erel Margalit has not yet decided whom to endorse as party chairman”.
Haaretz and Maariv discuss the idea of a buffer zone in southern Syria along the Israeli border. Maariv quotes on yesterday’s story in the Times, while Haaretz suggests that Israel is opposed to the zone being supervised by the Russian army.
Yediot Ahronot covers the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, due to vote today on a draft resolution to declare the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron as a Palestinian world heritage site. Reports say that Israel has been working to mobilise a blocking majority to prevent the resolution from passing, and that Israel’s chances of blocking the resolution are better in the case of a secret ballot.
The Jerusalem Post includes an exclusive interview with retired General John Allen, the special envoy to former Secretary of State John Kerry during talks he led in 2013-2014. Allen reveals that Israeli and Palestinian Authority military officials agreed in principle to an IDF withdrawal from the Jordan Valley within ten to 15 years of a broader West Bank pullout. He stressed there was no agreement on a political level from either side.
Kan radio news reports the 20th Maccabiah Games opened last night in an impressive ceremony at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. About 10,000 Jewish male and female athletes will participate in competitions from Akko in the north to Beer Sheva in the south. The Israeli delegation consists of 2,400 athletes.
Yediot Ahronot reports on the second round success of Israel tennis player Dudi Sela at Wimbledon, dubbing the contest “David vs Goliath” as Sela, 5ft 9, beat American giant John Isner, who measures 6ft 10.