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Media Summary

Peres holds talks with Palestinian officials in bid to restart negotiations

The Guardian today profiles General Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. The article notes Iranian influence in Iraq. The paper has an additional article on Syrian activists’ rejection of al-Qaeda’s message of support for them earlier this week. The Financial Times notes that Syrian activists have begun to name regime informers. The paper has an additional article on ‘eight lessons of the Arab Spring,’ and notes that Washington has charged Iran with links to al-Qaeda. The Jewish Chronicle notes the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the newly formed state of South Sudan. The paper also runs a piece on social unrest in Israel. Jewish News notes a new report detailing a decline in anti-Semitic attacks in the UK over the last year. The Economist notes a plan developed by Jewish settlers in Hebron that would allow settlers to remain in place even after an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. BBC Online notes a raid by PA police on the home of former senior Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan. The Independent reports that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahari has praised the uprising in Syria. The paper, along with the Daily Telegraph also notes that 3000 people are missing in Syria. The Times runs a piece on the failures of the Arab Spring.

In the Israeli media, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post print editions lead with pieces on the housing protests in Israel. Israel Hayom print edition also leads with the debate over social issues in Israel. Haaretz has a piece on talks between President Shimon Peres and senior PA officials. Haaretz, Israel Hayom and the Jerusalem Post note Defence Minister Ehud Barak’s trip to the US, and his talks with senior officials on the issue of Israel-Turkey relations. Haaretz has an interview with Norwegian ambassador to Israel Svein Sevje. The Jerusalem Post and Ynetnews run pieces on new evidence of links between Iran and al-Qaeda. Ynetnews notes that former senior Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan has left the West Bank for Jordan. Ynetnews has an additional report regarding new information that the Iranian scientist recently shot in Teheran was part of Iran’s nuclear programme. Israel Hayom notes that the International Atomic energy Agency is pushing for a conference on a nuclear-free Middle East. The paper also quotes a US Congressman who is calling on the US to demand the resignation of Syrian President Bashar Assad.