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Media Summary

IDF prepares for more border infiltrations

The Daily Telegraph, Times, Reuters, Financial Times, BBC Online and Sky News Online have coverage of the latest events in Syria. The Financial Times notes a conference of the Syrian opposition taking place in Turkey. The Daily Telegraph, Scotsman, Times, BBC Online and Sky News Online note a 13-year-old boy tortured to death by the Syrian authorities has become a symbol of the uprising. The Guardian has an item critical of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, which it calls ‘all process, no progress.’ The Independent and Times note a developing story in Israel in which a shipping tycoon is suspected of trading with Iran. The Independent and Financial Times note a dispute in Iran over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s decision to appoint himself oil minister. The Financial Times has an additional piece on the upcoming elections in Egypt.The Daily Telegraph has an opinion piece by Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the UK.  

In the Israeli media, all papers note IDF preparations for an expected attempt by Palestinians and their supporters to infiltrate Israel’s borders on Sunday. Haaretz has an article quoting a source who said that the Ofer brothers (the shipping tycoons suspected of trading with Iran) instructed their tankers to stay away from Iranian ports. The paper has an additional piece noting the differing opinions in Israel’s military and diplomatic establishments over the recent Russian expulsion of the Israeli military attaché. The Jerusalem Post notes that a US congressional committee has voted to increase funding to the Arrow anti-missile project. The paper also notes that the US will not take place in the upcoming ‘Durban 3’ anti-racism conference. Ynetnews notes a statement by former Mossad head Meir Dagan opposing a military strike on Iran. Ynetnews also notes reports that Palestinians and their supporters are planning to fly in to Ben-Gurion airport to hold a protest in July. Maariv reports that five years after the kidnapping if Gilad Shalit, most members of the cell that carried out the kidnapping have disappeared or been killed.