Clinton reiterates US stance against UN Palestinian vote
In the UK and international papers today, the Telegraph notes that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that the path to a Palestinian state is through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and not through the United Nations. Several papers note that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his trip to Egypt, is building support for Turkey by rallying the Arab League against Israel. The Guardian carries a piece by Jonathan Freedland who calls on the UK and Israel to support a Palestinian bid for statehood. The Independent notes that the Israeli security forces are monitoring extreme Jewish groups in the West Bank who are targeting Israeli and Palestinian peace activists. Reuters reports that a panel of five UN rights experts yesterday rejected the conclusion of the Palmer Report on the Israeli raid of the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 and said that Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza is illegal. In other news, all papers note that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered to release two US hikers accused of spying who have spent the last two years in an Iranian jail.
In the Israeli press, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom front pages lead with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments to the Arab League in Cairo yesterday where he said that he supported a Palestinian state through a UN vote. All papers also carry an article on the Labour party leadership battle ahead of a run-off next Wednesday between Shelly Yachimovich and Amir Peretz. The Jerusalem Post newspaper notes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew by helicopter to the south yesterday morning to inspect the border construction project along the Egypt-Israel border.
Meanwhile, Haaretz notes that PM Netanyahu will convene a meeting of his top 8 senior ministers today to discuss the deterioration of diplomatic and legal relations with Turkey. The papers also note that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that the path to a Palestinian state is through direct negotiations and not through the UN. Clinton will also send two US envoys to Israel this week in a last ditch effort to prevent a UN Palestinian vote and instead to resume peace talks