Media Summary

Palestinians considering softer UN bid

In the UK and international press today, all papers report that a UN tribunal into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri tracked the use of mobile phones of the suspects in order to gather the necessary information to indict them. the Guardian’s comment is free carries an article by BICOM CEO Lorna Fitzsimons on the need for a negotiated settlement and a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Daily Mail newspaper notes that Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’ announced that he will be retiring in 2013.The Financial Times newspaper reports on Israel’s economic tycoons and the pressure they are facing by the social protests taking place in the country. The paper also notes that the UN is preparing to publish its findings on the Mavi Marmara incident last year. The Independent profiles a Palestinian farmer who refuses to sell his land or move from his area in East Jerusalem. In other news, the Telegraph notes that UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay is expected to tell the Security Council today that the international war crimes court should investigate the Syrian government and the way they have handled the protesters.

In the Israeli newspapers today, all papers on the front page note that Israel will not apologise to Turkey for the Mavi Marmara raid. The papers note that the UN report into the findings of the raid will be published early next week. Haaretz and Ynetnews note that Hamas has banned Palestinians in Gaza from studying in the US. The papers also note that the Hebrew University in Jerusalem was ranked 57th in the world. Haaretz notes that Egyptian security forces killed two Sudanese men who tried to enter into Israel from Egypt yesterday. In other news, the papers note that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that the indictment of four Hezbollah members into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri has no direct evidence to make such allegations. The Jerusalem Post and Ynetnews note that Al-Hayat newspaper reported this morning that indirect talks between Israel and Hamas over a prisoner exchange deal had reached a deadlock.