Media Summary

Mixed reports over Shalit prisoner exchange deal

In the UK and international press today, most papers report on the on-going protests and killings taking place in Syria. The Telegraph reports that US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said that the world must unite against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Several papers note that around 15 people were killed by artillery fired by Syrian troops in the central town of Rastan, taking the toll of deaths in the countrywide crackdown to more than 1,100 people. In other news, the Financial Times carries an opinion piece on the events taking place in the Arab world and how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to adapt to these changes with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In the Israeli press, all papers report on the mixed messages coming from Palestinian sources regarding developments over a prisoner swap deal in exchange for captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. IBA Radio and the Jerusalem Post note that France has offered to host a peace conference in July. The Jerusalem Post also reports that pro-Palestinian organisers are planning to fly in 500 Palestinians from abroad into Ben Gurion Airport to protest. Ynetnews notes that President Shimon Peres and PA President Mahmoud Abbas met on the side-lines of an event in Rome and discussed the peace process and ways to revive negotiations.