Newspaper Review: Current Government to Continue until Formation of New Government as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 24, 2015 (WAFA) – Palestinian official remarks that the current government has not resigned yet, but would continue to assume its responsibilities hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Highlighting Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s remarks during the weekly cabinet session, the three dailies reported him as affirming that the current national consensus government would continue to assume it tasks until the new government is formed.

They also reported that a general budget for the year 2015, worth of $5.018 billion, was approved by the cabinet.

The three dailies reported that the PLO Executive Committee has formed a liaison committee to be in charge of undertaking consultations with all Palestinian factions concerning the formation of a new national consensus government.

Covering Israeli forces and settlers’ practices throughout the occupied Palestinian Territory, al-Quds reported that Israeli forces handed a stop-construction notice for a Palestinian-owned water cistern to the east of Yatta and that Israeli naval boats opened gunfire on Palestinian farmers to the east of Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip.

It added that Israeli police ambushed and detained seven Palestinian minors in the East Jerusalem town of Beit Hanina.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that Israeli occupation authorities continue to carry out excavations in the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

Highlighting the growing international boycott of Israeli settlements’ products, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that a number of Belgian political parties have recommended a resolution to isolate and boycott companies that support Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT).

They also reported that three Slovenian parliamentary caucuses have submitted a motion urging the recognition of the Palestinian state.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Egyptian authorities has opened the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Tuesday for three days.

Al-Quds quoted the Israeli Peace now movement as announcing that Israel seeks to seize ‘private Palestinian lands’ for a settlement outpost.

It further reported that the Israeli parliament, Knesset, intends to continue to exempt Israeli intelligence from documenting video and audio recordings of interrogations of Palestinians.

Al-Ayyam reported that Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan has been on a hunger strike for 50 consecutive days; to protest his administrative detention by Israel.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israel has launched a diplomatic campaign against the report of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the latest Gaza conflict.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Freedom Flotilla III is prepared to sail to Gaza, while al-Ayyam quoted the activists as saying they are determined to keep international pressure in order to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.