Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Long-Term Ceasefire between Hamas – Israel

RAMALLAH, March 10, 2015 (WAFA) – Reports that Hamas agreed in principle on a long-term ceasefire with Israel, in return for ending its seven-year blockade of Gaza, made headlines of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Tuesday.

Al-Ayyam quoted Israeli media sources saying that Hamas was ready to stop all military activities for five years, while the group’s spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told al-Quds daily that Hamas did not yet respond to ceasefire proposals presented by international parties.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied reports that he had declared his rejection of the two-state solution.

The three dailies said the Israeli army demolished a Palestinian-owned house in the village of al-Jaroushiya near Tulkarm, citing lack of a construction permit.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli settlers broke into a land that belongs to a Palestinian in the village of Burin, south of Nablus, chopping off olive trees planted by local families.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted President Mahmoud Abbas, who reiterated that settlement activities undermine any chance for peace with Israel.