Newspaper Review: Abbas’ Remarks During Meeting with US Kerry Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, November 25, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Wednesday issue on President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks  during a meeting with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry in Ramallah, in which he said that achieving peace and security in the region requires ending the Israeli occupation.

Al-Hayyat al-Jadida quoted Abbas as saying that he who seeks stability must dry up the swamp of [the Israeli] occupation. Al-Ayyam quoted Abbas as saying that reviving the two-State solution is a key prerequisite for achieving calm and stability.

Al-Quds said in this regard that dozens of Palestinian protested in Ramallah on Tuesday against Kerry’s visit, which is aimed at relieving the current tension in the West Bank and Israel.

Meanwhile, Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, during a separate meeting with Kerry on Tuesday, said that, ‘if the international community expects permission to be given to the Palestinians to build, Israel expects recognition of its right to build in the settlement blocs, in return.’

Al-Ayyam reported on Netanyahu as demanding a US recognition of settlements.

The dailies said Israeli soldiers shot and injured 22-year-old Azmi Naffa from Jenin, moderately injuring him in the face, after he allegedly ran over and lightly injured four Israeli soldiers stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, to the south of Nablus, on Tuesday.

Al-Ayyam said that, according to Israeli sources, Israel was mulling deportation of the families of Palestinians suspected of carrying out alleged attacks on Israeli targets from the West Bank to Gaza.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said 12 Israeli lawmakers signed a draft law that calls on the Israeli parliament, Knesset, to shut down multiple mosques in Israel, allegedly for what they described as their role in “inciting” against the Israeli occupation.

The three dailies said representatives of 171 countries in the United Nations General Assembly voted on Tuesday in favor of a decision that calls for Palestinian self-determination, with six countries, including Israel and the US, voting against the motion.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said Azzam al-Ahmad, member of the Fatah central committee, said a temporary work plan to run Rafah border crossing, between Gaza and Egypt, will be agreed upon during the upcoming few days.