Media Summary

Grad rocket hits Beer Sheva; first since Gaza war

In the UK and International press today, Reuters and BBC Online note that a Grad-type Katyusha rocket was fired from Gaza and struck a residential building in the Israeli southern city of Beer Sheva. The rocket attack was the first strike on Israel’s largest southern city since the 2009 Operation Cast Lead. All papers continue to report on the latest developments taking place in Libya as international leaders, including US President Barack Obama, condemn the violence used by President Muammar Gaddafi against the protesters. The Telegraph reports that Quartet Envoy Tony Blair told Prospect Magazine that since accepting the job as Middle East envoy he has developed a different understanding of the region compared to when he was prime minister. BBC Online reports that Saudi King Abdullah increased benefits for his citizens. The Daily Telegraph reports that UK Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday that Western leaders must find new ways to increase pressure on Iran over its nuclear weapons programme.

In the Israeli press, all papers note that a Grad-type Katyusha rocket fired yesterday evening from Gaza struck the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva. All papers report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allowed 300 Palestinians living in Libya to enter the West Bank. Haaretz reports that PM Netanyahu dismissed efforts by the US to restart Syrian negotiations and said that he does not believe the Syrian president is serious about making peace with Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports that Prime Minister David Cameron told students in Qatar that Middle East leaders use the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a reason to deflect criticism and use it as a distraction from pressing domestic issues.