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Shalit deal: Arab cartoons declare victory
Arab press downplays issue of prisoner exchange leaving top stories to Syria crackdown and Iranian plot, but cartoons send clear message: Shalit deal is a Palestinian victory
While the Israeli and the Palestinian media are busy with around-the-clock reporting of the Shalit deal it appears the Arab press is less preoccupied with the matter. Arab daily newspapers have addressed the prisoner exchange in recent days, but it by no means made any headlines.

 

The three major Arab daily newspapers, al-Sharq al-Awsat, al-Hayat and al-Quds al-Arabi, all London-based, failed to mention the deal, which will see more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners go free, in their front pages.

 

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Instead, they provided extensive coverage on the crackdown in Syria, the popular uprisings in Yemen and the Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

  

Nevertheless, Arab and Palestinian papers did leave room for the issue in various editorials and columns as well as cartoons. Those primarily left the impression that the exchange constitutes a great victory for the Palestinians.

 

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    Below are several cartoons published in Arab and Palestinian newspapers:

     

    Palestinian prisoners march upright, 'tiny' Shalit escapes prison
    Palestinian prisoners march upright, 'tiny' Shalit escapes prison

     

    On the right: 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, on the left: Israel gets only Gilad Shalit
    On the right: 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, on the left: Israel gets only Gilad Shalit

     

    Gilad Shalit as the key - or the lock - of the prisoners' jail
    Gilad Shalit as the key - or the lock - of the prisoners' jail

     

    Shalit in Palestinian hands: 'Freedom for freedom'
    Shalit in Palestinian hands: 'Freedom for freedom'

     

    Caption: Hamas releases more than 1,000 prisoners in Shalit deal
    Caption: Hamas releases more than 1,000 prisoners in Shalit deal

     

    Netanyahu pressed into signing deal
    Netanyahu pressed into signing deal

     

    Who chains who?
    Who chains who?

     

     

     

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