Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Daily Clash with Israeli Army

RAMALLAH, March 15, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted on Sunday the confrontations, which broke out between Israeli army and Palestinians in many areas across the West Bank, and which continue to be an almost daily trend.

Al-Ayyam said dozens suffocated by teargas after Israeli soldiers fired canisters towards Palestinian protestors during clashes.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was escalating his “war of words” amid little chance of winning a fourth term in office.

Al-Ayyam said officials in the Likud party are seeking to overthrow Netanyahu as chairman of the right-wing party, just ahead of the elections set for March 17.

Tackling a different topic, al-Quds quoted a report by the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), which revealed an Israeli government’s plan to expand the settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to reach as far as the Dead Sea.

Al-Hayat and al-Quds quoted US Secretary of State John Kerry, who stressed that US President Barack Obama remains “committed to a two-state solution” to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Al-Ayyam quoted an UNRWA report saying that Palestinian refugees in Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing conflict. Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said that the refugees’ eyes and words reflect their difficult conditions.