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Media Summary

BBC News, The Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph, Channel 4, The Daily Mail and The Guardian report that the IDF has said it will observe a limited daily “tactical pause” along one of the main roads in the Gaza Strip to allow delivery of increased quantities of humanitarian aid, as UN agencies have suspended deliveries from a US-built pier.

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BBC NewsThe Financial Times, ReutersThe TelegraphChannel 4, The Daily Mail and The Guardian report that the IDF has said it will observe a limited daily “tactical pause” along one of the main roads in the Gaza Strip to allow delivery of increased quantities of humanitarian aid, as UN agencies have suspended deliveries from a US-built pier. Netanyahu has reportedly condemned the move.

BBC News reports on the impact of rocket fire and heightening hostility with Hezbollah on Lebanese border towns.

BBC News and The Guardian also report that eight IDF soldiers were killed in a blast in the Rafah area on Saturday.

The Guardian publishes a piece arguing that the end of the war is not in sight in either Gaza or the north.

The Guardian publishes a piece on Labour’s campaign worries over 13 seats with higher Muslim populations who may be turning away from Labour over perceived support for Israel during the war in Gaza. Despite the party’s apparent nervousness about whether Muslim voters will stick with it, last week a Savanta poll for the Muslim news site Hyphen found that 63% of Muslim voters plan to vote Labour, which Hyphen described as “relatively unchanged” since last autumn.

The Guardian reports that Oxfam’s GB director has said that the UK is ‘morally incoherent’ for sending both aid to Gaza and arms to Israel.

The Times reports on how Israeli intelligence officers have advanced tactics since October 7 in the war in Gaza.

The Times reports on protesters in Israel who have taken up hunger strikes to demand more hostages be saved.

The Sun and The Daily Mail report that when Noa Argamani was rescued by the IDF in Gaza, her first words were: “is my mother still alive?”

The Telegraph also reports that Britain, France and Germany have criticised Iran for advancing towards enriching uranium.

The Telegraph further reports that the first major film about the Oct 7 massacre has been announced by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, the creators of the Netflix drama, Fauda.

The Telegraph and The Guardian report Grant Shapps has condemned “vicious” attacks on banks and defence companies after Barclays was forced to pull its sponsorship of Latitude festival amid pressure from pro-Palestine activists. The Telegraph also reports on how and why Barclays became a target.

The Telegraph reports that the chief executive of Virgin Atlantic has said that it is increasingly difficult to live in Britain as Jew.

Yediot Ahronot’s Elisha Ben Kimon assesses the current state of fighting in Gaza. “The seizure of the Philadelphi Corridor,” he writes, “has cut off Hamas’s oxygen supply, which significantly undercuts Hamas’s ability to rearm while the fighting is underway. The troops have also gained operational control of various neighbourhoods over time. Troops position themselves along offensive lines and, based on intelligence provided by the IDF and Shin Bet, intermittently launch raids from there. Large quantities of weapons have been found, including Kalashnikov rifles, various types of very powerful explosive devices and dozens of rockets and launchers.” Ben Kimon continues that “the fact that the political leadership tarried before approving the IDF’s incursion into Rafah allowed Hamas to prepare for the IDF’s arrival, and the terrorists have been trying to snipe at the Israeli troops every way possible. They have made use of the shafts to that end, emerging from underground facilities through shafts to try to take IDF forces by surprise either by firing anti-tank missiles or by attaching explosive devices to IDF vehicles. Sadly, they have been successful from time to time and have inflicted casualties.”

Israel Hayom’s Yoav Limor cautions Israelis about the current state of the war in Gaza, and says that military leaders have warned that Israel risks Gaza becoming “southern Lebanon redux”. “IDF officials have warned,” says Limor, “that an identical process will unfold in Gaza if Israel fails to hand the reins of control over to someone else, forcing the IDF to control Gaza itself. Dozens of soldiers will be killed every year, not to mention the huge financial cost of a military occupation and, even more so, of maintaining civilian control over the lives of the 2.2 million Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip.”

Kan Radio quotes IDF spokesperson Hagari speaking on the northern front, and warning that “Hezbollah’s increasing aggression is bringing us to the brink of what could be a wider escalation, one that could have devastating consequences for Lebanon and the entire region.” The station also notes that US Special Envoy Amos Hochstein is due to arrive today in Israel, where he is expected to discuss the northern front with the prime minister, the president and defence minister, among others. Of this visit, Haaretz says “despite the urgency that the Biden administration conveys regarding Hochstein’s arrival, senior U.S. officials admit that the end of war in Gaza and the release of the Israeli hostages held by Hamas are the primary prerequisites for reaching an agreement in the north. Without real progress towards a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas, it will be difficult to reach an agreement with Hezbollah, as the Lebanese terror organisation has made it clear that it will continue to fight Israel as long as the war in Gaza continues.”

Ynet quotes US CIA Director William Burns accusing Egyptian intelligence of having “misled” the US and Israel. The site says Cairo “allegedly presented one version of a Gaza hostage release and cease-fire to the Americans and Israelis while offering a softer, different version to Hamas leaders in Gaza and abroad.” Israel is avoiding a direct response to these revelations, Ynet says. “After all, Cairo’s intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, enjoys a solid reputation. It is far easier and more convenient for Israel to have negotiations on the hostage deal take place in Cairo rather than in Doha. Egyptian intelligence views Hamas similarly to their Israeli counterparts. The assessment papers on the desks of Sisi and Netanyahu could look like carbon copies.”

Maariv reports that this week will see a series of anti-government protests calling for early elections. It quotes on the protest leaders, Eran Schwartz, saying “It is unthinkable that only part of society should be a silver platter, while others are exempt. We need to conscript everyone who is fit. The government has lost its legitimacy to govern here. We’ll start with a first week of resistance in which we will demonstrate in a legal and non-violent way. We call on the Histadrut and business leaders—join us, make yourselves heard and act. The goal is the immediate return of the mandate to the people and to hold elections before the debacle’s one-year anniversary.”

Maariv quotes various opposition politicians reacting to plans to enshrine the exemption of the ultra-Orthodox men into law. Opposition leader Lapid said “If the government is extending service for soldiers in the standing army and the reserves so as to exempt the Haredim from the military—this is a betrayal of our fighters, a betrayal of reservists, [and] a betrayal of the families. I call on MKs from all the parliamentary factions, including Likud, let’s stop this madness. This is our emergency call-up order. This is the duty all of us have towards the IDF.”

Ynet reports that the Maldives is having to reassess its blanket travel ban on Israeli citizens, after learning that many Palestinians hold Israeli passports. The country’s Attorney General, Ahmed Usham, said “the biggest concern is that there are many Palestinians with Israeli passports, millions of them. What happens when we impose a blanket ban? These are matters that need careful consideration.” Following the Maldives’ announcement that it would introduce a ban earlier this month, Israel has advised against all travel to the island, and for resident Israelis there to leave.

Ynet reports on another ban on Israelis, this time from the major arms exhibition Eurosatory in Paris. Israeli companies were initially banned, before a French district court this weekend ruled that Israeli national would not be allowed to attend either. Elik Cohen, Vice President of Sales at the security company Cylinx said of the move that “the damage is enormous – both in terms of reputation and financially… The main damage is to our image, the fact that we are being ostracized in the same category as the Russians or perhaps even the Iranians. This is while ‘great human rights defenders’ like Qatar, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia are exhibiting there.” Haaretz reports that, in the wake of the French decision, Israeli Defence Minister Gallant has moved to exclude France from the diplomatic process aimed at preventing further escalation between Israel and Hezbollah.