Media Summary

PM Netanyahu sends letter to Turkish PM Erdogan

In the UK and international press today, all media outlets continue to follow developments taking place in Syria between pro-government and anti-government protests. In the latest news, most papers report that pro-Assad rallies took place across the country with several ending in clashes, and reports of more anti-government protesters being killed. In other news, the Guardian note that changes to the Iranian political leadership is causing pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s leadership. Reuters notes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyib Erdogan, which called for improving diplomatic ties between Israel and Turkey. The Daily Telegraph notes that singer Shakira is in Israel on a visit to promote education.

In the Israeli press, all papers report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to his Turkish counterpart Recip Tayyib Erdogan, congratulating him on his political victory and calling for Israel and Turkey to mend diplomatic ties. All papers note that an Israeli Air Force helicopter gun ship struck at a smuggling tunnel in central Gaza overnight in response to two rockets fired into Israel yesterday. Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post note that Israel approved the import of $100 million of construction materials into Gaza to help build schools and housing. Haaretz reports that a senior Israeli official said Iran is assisting the Syrian government with weapons and manpower to stop anti-government protests. Ynetnews reports that yesterday newly appointed Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor made his first appearance at the UN General Assembly.