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Media Summary

Clinton calls for immediate resumption of peace talks

In the UK and international press today, the Times carries a piece on the rise of arms smuggling in Sinai since the fall of President Mubarak. The Daily Telegraph notes that a new book released claims Israel supplied arms to Argentina during the Falkland War. The paper also notes that a group of 47 Israeli intellectuals have released a statement in favour of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 border. In other news, all papers note that Syrian antigovernment protests continue despite efforts by President Bashar Assad to declare reforms.

In the Israeli press, the Jerusalem Post reports that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday called for the immediate resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and said that the US opposes unilateral Palestinian moves to reach statehood through the United Nations. Haaretz notes that the Counter Terrorism Bureau issued travel warnings to Israelis overseas during the Passover holiday, due to warnings that terrorist groups may attempt to kidnap Israelis abroad. The paper also notes that PA President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris today to garner support for declaring a unilateral Palestinian state. Ynetnews notes that the BBC Trust, responsible for mediating between the BBC and license fee payers, rejected criticism against a report about the Mavi Marmara ship and the IDF Navy raid on the flotilla last May. The news outlet also notes that PA President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday the he opposed another Palestinian intifada, calling the second intifada in 2000 “disastrous” for the Palestinians. Haaretz details information from a diplomatic telegram from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, via WikiLeaks, that states Benjamin Netanyahu urged former-prime minister, Ehud Olmert, to initiate an attack on Iran.