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Media Summary

Netanyahu urges return to peace talks in Arabic TV interview

In the UK and international press today, the Guardian and Scotsman report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview to Arabic TV network, Al-Arabiya, and called for the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians without pre-conditions. The Independent newspaper reports on the tent city protests taking place in Tel Aviv and other parts of the country due to high housing prices. BBC Online reports that the new Egyptian cabinet was sworn in with fourteen new ministers taking up posts, while protesters still demonstrate against the slow pace of reform. The Jewish Chronicle notes that Foreign Secretary William Hague criticised Israel’s new anti-boycott law calling it an “infringement” of freedom of expression. The Economist carries a piece on the idea of some Israeli settlers remaining in the West Bank under Palestinian rule.

In the Israeli press, Haaretz notes that senior Israeli ministers will decide next week whether to accept a reconciliation deal with Turkey and to normalise diplomatic ties. The front pages of the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz newspapers report on the developments of domestic protests in Israel regarding high prices for housing. Haaretz newspaper also notes that newly released US documents reveal that Israel could have produced a small number of nuclear weapons in 1973. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post and Ynetnews note that Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon told foreign reporters that Libya has become a new source of weapons smuggling into Gaza due to the unrest in the country. Both media outlets also note that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview to Al-Arabiya TV and called for the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians without pre-conditions.