Media Summary

Livni meeting Hague in UK today following law change

Today in the UK media, the Daily Telegraph and Financial Times note remarks by Palestinian Authority officials expressing a lack of faith in Quartet Middle East Envoy Tony Blair. Most papers report that Dan Shechtman, an Israeli scientist, won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. In other items, the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Times, Financial Times and Reuters have articles on the veto by Russia and China of a motion for sanctions against Syria at the UN Security Council. Reuters notes a Palestinian bid for membership of UNESCO. The Times reports on a claim by a Lebanese politician that Israeli bombing killed two Israeli soldiers abducted by Hezbollah in the raid that began the 2006 Lebanon war. The Guardian has a  pieces on the plight of the Negev Beduin, the finding of an Israeli plane in a field in the West Bank, an Israeli scientist’s winning of a Nobel Prize, and a video about the internet from a correspondent in Tel Aviv. The Daily Mirror notes an Israeli plan for housing in Gilo, in southern Jerusalem. The Evening Standard has a letter from a reader opposed to a decision not to allow children to attend a literary festival organised by a pro-Palestinian group. The Independent and Financial Times report the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Israeli Chemistry Professor Daniel Shechtman.  

The print editions of Israel Hayom, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post lead with the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Israeli Chemistry Professor Daniel Shechtman. The Jerusalem Post front page also notes a planned trip to the UK by Opposition leader Tzipi Livni. Haaretz front page also notes the possible cancellation of defence deals between Israel and South Korea.  

In the Israeli media, all papers note the Palestinian bid for UNESCO membership. Haaretz has a piece on a South Korean threat to cancel defence deals with Israel. The Jerusalem Post notes that Israel is considering increasing the PA’s security role in the West Bank as a goodwill gesture. Haaretz reports on a rise in rock throwing incidents in the West Bank, and has a piece on Palestinian criticism of Quartet envoy Tony Blair. Ynetnews reports a statement by Vice-President Joe Biden on US relations with Israel. Maariv reports on the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs.