Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Premier in Gaza, EU Report to Push Israel to Talks

RAMALLAH, March 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Remarks made by Premier Rami Hamdallah during his visit to the Gaza Strip together with the European Union report outlining suggestions on how to pressurize Israel into recognizing the right of Palestine to exist following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral remarks ruling out the establishment of Palestinian state, hit the front page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Ayyam quoted Hamdallah as stating: “We have drawn up a plan to address the issue og Gaza’s public civil employees. Gaza border crossings should be handed to the Palestinian Authority.”

Al-Quds quoted him as stating: “We have come here today to strengthen reconciliation and restart dialogue [with all Palestinian factions] that address all pending issues.”

He was also quoted in al-Quds as stating Palestinians will not accept establishing a Palestinian state, unless it is a unified state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on Hamdallah as describing the national reconciliation between factions as ‘comprehensive’ and ‘encouraging’.

Al-Quds also reported in this respect that Hamdallah and Hamas have agreed to form a committee to be in charge of resolving Gaza’s crises.

While Hamdallah’s visit to Gaza is featured as the main front page news item in al-Ayyam, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted EU’s report outlining suggestions to be adopted in order to pressurize Israel into recognizing the right of Palestine to exist.

Al-Quds said as a result of publishing the report, EU’s clash with Israel would be inevitable.

It published that the report supports having East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestinian state and called for pressurizing Israel into re-opening Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem, especially the Orient House, stepping up the boycott of Israeli settlements’ products and calling on Israel to lift movement restrictions on Palestinians.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that EU has urged the immediate resumption of Palestinian-Israeli talks and that the report risks a ‘vicious confrontation’ between EU and Israel.

The three dailies reported that President Mahmoud Abbas would head Friday to the Egyptian sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in order to attend the upcoming Arab League summit.

The three dailies reported that the Israeli government has suspended a plan to build illegal settlement units in the East Jerusalem’s illegal settlement of ‘Har Homa’, also known as Jabal Abu Ghneim.

The three papers also reported that Netanyahu has been entrusted with forming the new Israeli government.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that a young Palestinian man, ‘Ali Safi, succumbed to his wounds sustained last week when he was shot in the chest by Israel forces during clashes in al-Jalazun refugee camp.

Al-Quds added that Israeli settler groups stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound and that Israeli forces raided and detained Palestinians from several districts in the West Bank and opened fire on Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza.

Highlighting the Swiss proposal to solve the issue of Gaza public civil servants, al-Ayyam reported that Hamas’ rejection of the proposal brings the issue back to the starting point.

It said that a France-based utility company, SAFEGE, has pulled out from a cable car project linking West Jerusalem with the occupied East Jerusalem.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida published that the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy has adopted and applied some measures intended to halt the flow of Israeli products into Palestinian markets.

It quoted Palestinian Monetary Authority Governor Jihad al-Wazir as saying: “As a result of withholding the tax revenues, the Palestinian economy is at stake.”