Media Summary

Palestinians plan mass rallies to call for unity government

In the UK and international media today, most papers report that Saudi Arabia sent around 1,000 troops into Bahrain to help quell the antigovernment protests taking place. The Guardian reports on the shock and anger from Israelis and Palestinians following Friday night’s terrorist attack that left 5 members of the Fogel family dead. The Daily Telegraph notes that the US expressed its deep concern over Israel’s plan to build additional housing units to existing settlements. Meanwhile, the Telegraph also reports that former-prime minister Ehud Olmert will be charged for taking bribes in a property scandal, while Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem. BBC Online notes that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killings in the Itamar settlement and called it “immoral and inhuman.”

In the Israeli press, Haaretz notes that the IDF have continued to make arrests in the surrounding areas of the Itamar settlement in a hunt to find the murderers of Friday night’s attack. The paper also notes that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet in Berlin during the first week of April to discuss relations and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Most papers report that the Knesset passed a bill to establish a committee to remove land mine fields in Israel. The papers also note that former-prime minister Ehud Olmert faces indictment in a property scandal that took place while he was Mayor of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post notes that the IDF is on high alert in the West Bank today in anticipation for several demonstrations that have been organised by the Palestinians to protest against Israel and to call for a unity Palestinian government. The paper also reports that Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias condemned the murder of the Fogel family and Netanyahu called on PA President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn the attacks in the Palestinian media in the same manner he has in the Israeli media.