Media Summary

UK opposes unilateral Palestinian moves

In the UK and international papers today, Sky News and Reuters note that nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers start today in Istanbul. The Guardian and the Telegraph note that a WikiLeaks report said that Iran has the technical ability to produce high enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon. Most papers report that Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister, Saad Hariri said he plans to run again for the premiership, following Hezbollah’s withdrawal from the unity government. The Telegraph and the Jewish Chronicle note that Sonia Peres, the wife of President Shimon Peres, passed away at the age of 87 yesterday.

In the Israeli press, all papers note that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the US opposes the Palestinian backed UN resolution condemning West Bank settlement construction. Haaretz notes that UK Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt said that the UK would not recognise a unilaterally declared Palestinian state and that only direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations can achieve peace. The paper also notes that US envoys Dennis Ross and David Hale arrived in Israel yesterday in a renewed effort to move forward in the peace process. Haaretz also reports on an extract from the diaries of former Tony Blair aide Alistair Campbell who said in 1998 that Blair did not trust Benjamin Netanyahu. In other news, all papers note that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will seek a new term as premier after Hezbollah pulled out of the unity government. All papers note the passing of Sonia Peres, the wife of President Shimon Peres, yesterday. All papers also report on the controversy surrounding the real estate dealings of incoming IDF Chief of Staff Yoav Galant.