Newspaper Review: Cabinet Ministers Cut Short Gaza Visit over Rifts with Hamas

RAMALLAH, April 21, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted in their Tuesday issue the Palestinian consensus government’s unsuccessful visit to Gaza, which was supposed to have lasted a week, but was hampered due to rifts with Hamas over public employees’ wages.

The trip, which was becoming a regular visit to Gaza in an attempt to address outstanding issues, was cut short following orders of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah over a dispute between the government and Hamas, the de facto power in Gaza.

On a different note, the dailies said the government announced it will pay the remainder of public employees’ salaries for December 2014, January, February and March 2015 (40% each), after Israel released the Palestinian Authority’s tax revenues it had withheld since January.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said the United Nations Security Council reiterated the urgency to allow humanitarian aid access to Yamrouk refugee camp in Damascus, besieged by government forces and rebel groups.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said the Supreme Court of Israel ordered that the Israeli army and government clarify the reasons behind banning Palestinians’ access to their private land in the Jordan Valley.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Supreme Court of Israel decided that the government cannot consider any deductions from Palestinian tax revenues to offset electricity debts.