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Media Summary

Netanyahu reiterates the need for defensible borders at AIPAC

In the UK and international press today, several papers note that during a visit to the US Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad suffered a heart attack, but is in a stable condition. In other news, the papers report that the European Union yesterday imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad and other senior Syrian officials. The sanctions ban the leaders from traveling to the EU and will freeze their assets. The Telegraph carries a piece that analyses what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may say in his address to Congress scheduled for today. The Financial Times carries a comment piece on the Arab world’s uprising and the recent Nakba demonstrations that took place.

In the Israeli press, all papers report on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the AIPAC Policy Conference last night in Washington. Netanyahu focused his speech on the strong bilateral relationship between Israel and the US, calling America an ‘indispensable ally’. Netanyahu added that in his address to Congress, scheduled for today, he would discuss Israel’s vision for peace with the Palestinians. The papers also cover the speech made on Monday by opposition leader Tzipi Livni to AIPAC. Livni told AIPAC that Israel needs to take the lead in enacting a two-state solution in order to secure Israel as the national home for the Jewish people. Haaretz reports that Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday that Israel must find a way to stop the ‘diplomatic tsunami’ awaiting it when Palestinians move to declare statehood this September without compromising its security considerations. In other news, all papers note that Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, while on a visit to the US, suffered a heart attack but is in stable condition. Ynetnews notes that the family of captured IDF soldier in Gaza, Gilad Shalit, sent a letter to the US Congress requesting that it stop the transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority until Hamas releases Gilad.