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Media Summary

BBC News, The Telegraph, The Standard, Reuters, ITV News, the Daily Express and The Times, all report on President Biden ‘expecting’ Israel to say yes to its proposed peace plan.

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BBC NewsThe TelegraphThe StandardReuters, ITV Newsthe Daily Express and The Times, all report on President Biden ‘expecting’ Israel to say yes to its proposed peace plan. Sky News reports on a 120,000+ strong demonstration in Tel Aviv which called on Netanyahu to accept. The Guardian, The TelegraphThe Daily Mail and The Times publish on Netanyahu trying to keep his coalition together over this proposal.

The Times reports on how anti-Israel campaigners are using social media and apps to target companies such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Barclays and Tesco over alleged links to the IDF.

The Telegraph reports that Gabriel Boric, the Chilean president, has said his country was joining South Africa in its case at the International Court of Justice accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ in the war against Hamas.

The Daily Mail reports that images of October 7 attacks shown to the New York Times by Israeli authorities showed a woman who had dozens of nails driven into her thighs and genitals in a savage example of mutilation, while other clips displayed the corpses of soldiers and civilians alike who had been either shot or stabbed in the groin.

BBC News and The Daily Mail report that thousands of people marched through London to ask for hostages being held by Hamas to be brought home. The ‘United We Bring Them Home’ march on Sunday began at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in Holborn and ended in Whitehall, central London.

The Guardian and The I report that over 100 artists and musicians have called on Keir Starmer to halt arms sales if he becomes PM.

BBC News, The StandardThe TelegraphThe Daily Mail and the Daily Express all report that police are investigating after an east London Labour party office was vandalised with graffiti. The Metropolitan Police said the Labour Party office for Chingford and Woodford Green in Waltham Forest was damaged with the message “Israel lobby out…work 4 us”.

The Guardian publishes on We Believe in Israel director Luke Akehurst, selected for North Durham by the Labour Party: “A former colleague who has worked closely with Akehurst said: ‘Ultimately, why he is hated by some is that he is proud of his beliefs, and he argues them, as well as the Israel connection. He is a believer in, and a friend of, Israel’.”

The Times, The Daily Mail and The Guardian report that The Maldives says it will ban Israelis from entering the country, known for its luxury resorts, with the office of the president making the announcement as public anger in the predominantly Muslim nation rises over the war in Gaza.

BBC News and Sky News report that a protester chained himself to the goalposts before Scotland’s Women’s Euro 2025 qualifier against Israel at Glasgow’s Hampden stadium. The match, which is being played behind closed doors, was delayed after the man used a heavy-duty lock to secure himself to the posts in protest at Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

Kan Radio reports polling showing that a plurality of Israelis support Biden’s proposal for ending the war. 40 percent of the public polled supported the deal, with 27 percent opposed, and 33 percent not sure. A plurality of 42 percent also now believes that Hamas will continue to govern Gaza, with 32 percent thinking Israel will destroy its capabilities. As with other polling in recent weeks, National Unity Party leader Benny Gantz’s lead over Netanyahu continues to narrow. Channel 13’s polling shows respondents having greater clarity on the Biden proposal: 48 percent supporting it with 37 percent opposed. Donald Trump enjoys a significant advantage – 50 percent to 28 percent – on who is better for Israel as US President between him and Biden. Majorities reply that on both hostage negotiations and the question of the ultra-Orthodox and the military draft, Netanyahu prioritises his own political survival over the issue at hand.

On the chances for a ceasefire/hostage release, Yediot Ahronot’s Nahum Barnea writes: “The disparity between the Israeli proposal as interpreted by Biden, and the Israeli proposal as interpreted by Netanyahu boils down to the issue of the war’s end, which is hardly a trivial matter. Biden tightened the correlation between the temporary ceasefire in the first, humanitarian stage and the overall conclusion of the war in the following stage. Ending the war is essential not only for securing Hamas’s consent to the deal but also for paving the way towards a normalisation agreement with Saudi Arabia, a regional coalition against Iran and the establishment of an international consortium to rebuild the Gaza Strip. That is America’s strategic move. Netanyahu wants to achieve the opposite outcome. Prolonging the war is his strategic move. He cannot afford to support a proposal that explicitly talks about the war’s end.”

Haaretz’s Washington correspondent, Ben Samuels, explores the context of Biden’s speech. “Israeli officials have taken pains to indicate that the White House consulted with them prior to the speech’s delivery,” he writes. “While this may be true in the most literal sense, the United States unveiled it on its own terms. They only notified Israeli ambassador to Washington Michael Herzog hours before the speech’s delivery, as well as Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Benny Gantz – the ministers deemed to be the reasonable and preferred interlocutors within Israel’s war cabinet. U.S. officials notably only described the speech in broad terms, leaving several Israeli officials scrambling to piece together information regarding Biden’s speech up until minutes before its delivery.”

Haaretz’s editorial supports Biden’s proposal, saying that “we cannot allow the government – that is, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the war cabinet – to distance itself from the plan presented by Biden. His proposal represents the Israeli position, the one discussed behind closed doors, out of earshot of threats by the extreme right. In the proposal, Israel recognises the necessity of stopping the war and is ready for it.”

Channel 12 features a prospective pilot plan for a post-Hamas Gaza Strip which will soon be discussed by the war cabinet. The plan would involve: “Choosing a local agency that will cooperate with international organisations to distribute humanitarian aid; Clearing the area of the remaining terrorist elements; Having local forces trained by international organisations—and providing them with means for enforcing law and order; The IDF will isolate the area to prevent Hamas from attacking the local forces.”

Maariv writes on the IDF’s various plans to secure the Philadelphi corridor long-term. “The first option,” it says, “is to build an underground wall fitted with sensors to prevent below-ground smuggling operations, and to install a series of cameras at the Rafah border crossing and along the Philadelphi Corridor. The second option, which is also being considered as a temporary measure until an underground wall can be built, is to have a multi-national force deployed along the Philadelphi Corridor. The third option, which the IDF believes to be problematic, is to build outposts and man them with IDF troops.”

In Israel Hayom, Meir Ben Shabbat focusses attention on the West Bank. “So far,” he writes, “two factors have somewhat restrained the potential for terror from Judea and Samaria. The first is the shock and dismay that gripped the terrorist elements and the Palestinian public in this area following Oct. 7. The fear that Israel might unleash its wrath over the horrific massacre on anyone who provokes it has caused some terrorist elements to be more hesitant. Even the worsening economic situation due to the ongoing closure has not shattered this psychological barrier. The second factor, which came in parallel, is the intensive activity of the security establishment. This has been characterised to a much greater extent by proactive friction and aggression, leading to thousands of arrests, thwarting numerous attacks, and dismantling parts of the terrorist infrastructure. However, the audacity displayed by terrorist elements in Judea and Samaria in recent times likely indicates the dissipation of the first factor’s influence and an adaptation to the IDF’s current modus operandi. Against this backdrop, terrorist elements in Judea and Samaria have begun adopting an approach of initiating attacks against communities, apparently inspired by Hamas’ Oct. 7 onslaught.”

Kan Radio reports the Syrian Defence Ministry saying that the Israeli Air Force attacked several targets southeast of Aleppo last night. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 12 killed and nine injured from among pro-Iranian militias in a copper plant in the Aleppo suburbs.

Haaretz includes news that IDF fighter jets struck a rocket launcher and military buildings used by Hezbollah in several villages in southern Lebanon this morning. Sirens sounded in the northern region of the Upper Galilee. The paper also reports Israel downing a missile fired by the Yemeni Houthis headed towards Eilat.

Ynet features yesterday’s activity on the northern front, as a Hezbollah drone crashed in the northern city of Nahariya after failed interception attempts. The crash then caused a fire. In Kiryat Shmona, two Israelis sustained minor injuries from rocket debris and were evacuated to a hospital. In response, according to the IDF, fighter jets targeted a Hezbollah military building in Ayta ash Shab and a Hezbollah terrorist infrastructure in Tayr Harfa, both in southern Lebanon. Additionally, IDF forces fired to eliminate a threat in Rachaya Al Foukhar, also in southern Lebanon.