Pence’s visit delayed until January
All the papers and broadcast media report that the US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution about Jerusalem. In unusual circumstances, Britain and France both supported the resolution.
The Mail Online reports that US Vice President Mike Pence has postponed his trip to Egypt and Israel this week in order to stay in Washington for a congressional vote on US Presdient Trump’s tax overhaul bill. The trip has been rescheduled for the week of 14 January.
BBC News Online reports that the situation in the besieged rebel-held area of East Ghouta near Syria’s capital has reached a “critical point,” the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned.
Natalie Nougayrede writes in the Guardian that the rise in antisemitic attacks across Europe following Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem demonstrate that antisemitic prejudice across the continent has “not gone away” and that the only way to fight it is to face up to this fact.
The Times reports on a Politico investigation that said the Obama administration “blocked” a US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) investigation into Hezbollah’s weapon and drug smuggling operations. It is claimed this was done in order protect the nascent nuclear deal with Iran.
Richard Spencer writes in the Times that critics of the Iran deal are deploying stories of Tehran’s secret activities in order to discredit the legacy of the Obama administration.
The Telegraph covers the story of how the death of disabled Palestinian Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes at the Gaza border fence on 15 December, has become a symbol of Palestinian anger toward President Trump and his recognition of Jerusalem.
The Guardian reports that more than 350 high-profile figures, including six Nobel peace prize laureates, former military generals, politicians, diplomats and celebrities have marked the 1,000th day of the Yemen civil war by calling on leaders of France, the US and the UK to stop “stoking the flames of war” and instead use their seats on the UN Security Council to act as peace brokers.
The Times reports that Belgium is to become the first country to send a female ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
The Independent reports that President Trump has used a fatal train derailment in Washington State to attack US spending in the Middle East, saying: “Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East, while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!” Trump also announced his own infrastructure plan.
Kan Radio News reports that US Vice President Pence has postponed his visit to Israel and Egypt until mid-January. White House officials said the visit was postponed as Pence wanted to stay in Washington to oversee the tax reform legislation in Congress.
Yediot Ahronot and Maariv report the story of the video clip broadcast on social media that shows IDF soldiers being pushed and slapped by two Palestinian teenage girls in Nabi Saleh. Yediot Ahronot refer to the incident as “the power of restraint” and notes that “images of an IDF soldier receiving a slap in the face from a teenage girl are unpleasant images. Images in which an officer is seen hitting back and falling into a trap are images that get the State of Israel into trouble and hurt the IDF.” Similarly in Maariv, Ben Caspit comments: “Sometimes restraint is power, and in this case, the combatants deserve a medal, not a scolding. Restraint in such an impossible situation is much harder than using force, mainly when the bitter enemy facing you is three girls who are doing all they can to get beaten, clearly knowing that if armed combatants raise a hand against supposedly innocent girls, this will be used as a lethal weapon in the never-ending war being waged for hearts on social media.” Kan Radio News report that IDF and Border Police officers arrested a Palestinian teenager last night from a Palestinian village, on suspicion that she assaulted an IDF officer and a soldier in the course of a violent disturbance.
Haaretz reveals that Hamas has sent indirect messages to Israel via Egyptian intelligence, saying it is not looking for an escalation in violence. It also reports that Hamas has recently arrested and interrogated Salafi militants responsible for the missile fire.
All the Israeli papers continue to report on the crisis at Teva pharmaceuticals. Maariv describe today’s meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ministers Moshe Kahlon and Eli Cohen with Teva CEO Schultz as “decisive” and that they will demand that he keep one of Teva’s Jerusalem factories open. Yediot Ahronot suggests Teva will be encouraged to close factories in Ireland and Lithuania instead. The state is also examining the possibility of providing a government guarantee that will enable the pharmaceutical corporation to take a loan and avoid closing the factory in Jerusalem.
Yediot Ahronot report that the Military Advocate General has filed an indictment against Muhammad Wadi for attempted murder. It relates to an incident two weeks ago near the Palestinian village of Qusra, where a group of Jewish hikers on a Bar Mitzvah trip were attacked. According to the indictment, Wadi entered the cave where the group were sheltering and hurled large rocks at close range and inflicted a severe head injury to one of the adults in the group.