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Media Summary

Netanyahu says he is willing to make ‘painful compromises’ for peace

In the UK and international press today, all papers report on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of the US Congress yesterday. The Guardian notes that Netanyahu said the Palestinians were blocking a peace deal and that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas must be prepared to accept Israel as a Jewish state. The Telegraph, Sky News and the Scotsman note that Netanyahu said that he is willing to make ‘painful compromises’ for a peace deal based on a two-state solution. In other news, several papers report that former Egyptian president Hosni Mubrak will be put on trail on charges of corruption and conspiracy to kill protesters who demonstrated against the government under his rule. The Telegraph, Financial Times and BBC Online note that a confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report leaked to the press said that it was ‘highly likely’ that a site in Syria bombed by Israeli planes in 2007 was a nuclear reactor.

In the Israeli press, all papers carry analysis on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of the US Congress yesterday. The papers note that the White House was satisfied with Netanyahu’s speech, while Palestinian officials disapproved of Netanyahu’s vision for a two-state solution. The Jerusalem Post report that US President Barak Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron published a joint article in the Times at the start of Obama’s visit to the UK. The article covered world events and called for lasting peace between a secure Israel and a sovereign Palestinian state. The Jerusalem Post and Ynetnews note that the International Atomic Energy Agency in a confidential report leaked to the press said that it was ‘highly likely’ that the Syrian reactor site bombed by Israel in 2007 was a nuclear reactor.