Hamas opposes PA statehood bid at UN
In the UK and international press today, the Telegraph reports that King Abdullah II of Jordan said that the uprisings sweeping the Arab world this year have put Israel in a difficult position. The paper also reports on the issues Israel is facing with its relations between Turkey and Egypt and the impending Palestinian statehood vote at the United Nations. Sky News carries a blog by correspondent Tim Marshall who wrote that the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo last Friday was planned and is part of a wave of anti-Israel sentiment in Egypt that has built up over the years. Reuters reports that Arab States will support the vote for a Palestinian state at the United Nations next week. The news wire also notes that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recip Erdogan arrived in Egypt as part of a regional tour to boost Turkey’s stand and will use the diplomatic row with Israel as an advantage to garner support among Arab states.
In the Israeli press, all papers note the tallying of the polls late last night for the Labour party primaries. The results revealed that Amir Peretz and Shelly Yachimovich received the highest percentage of votes and will take part in a run-off election next Wednesday. All front pages of the papers also note that Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is in Egypt in an attempt to strengthen Turkey’s role in the region. Most Israeli papers also have coverage of the cabinet’s approval of a plan to relocate tens of thousands of Bedouin from unrecognised villages into communities with official status. Haaretz online leads with a story focused on the rise of extremist activity among right wing groups within Israel targeting Israelis. In other news, Haaretz notes that Hamas has distanced itself from the Palestinian Authority’s initiative in the UN. The paper also notes that Iranian and Russian officials on Monday inaugurated Iran’s first nuclear power plant in the southern port of Bushehr.