Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight UNSC Resolution for Reviving Peace Talks

RAMALLAH, April 23, 2015 (WAFA) – Efforts exerted by New Zealand to draft a United Nations Security Council resolution to jump-start the long-stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks coupled with both France and Britain’s pertinent consultations on the resolution text hit the front page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that both France and UK have urged the UNSC to take action for the sake of Middle East peace and that New Zealand has been seeking to have a UNSC resolution that would jump-start the peace process.

Official French sources were quoted in al-Ayyam as stating: “The status quo will inevitably lead to a disaster.” They were also quoted in al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating that peace could not be achieved in the Middle East without the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also quoted Egyptian official sources as stating in this regard that failure to achieve peace is not an option for the international community. It reported on US’ commitment to the two-state solution.

While al-Ayyam and al-Hayat highlighted fresh international efforts to revive the stalled peace process as their main news item, al-Quds opted highlight that Israeli settlers forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound and that Israeli excavations are being carried out inside the Ibrahimi mosque, also known to the Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs, at the Old City of Hebron.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that Israeli occupation authorities have been excavating a new tunnel running from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan toward the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound.

The three dailies also highlighted remarks made by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah during a Jakarta-based Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity Conference. He was reported as saying the independence of Palestine is the last goal set by the Asian-African Conference 60 years ago that has not been achieved yet.

They also reported that Hamas-affiliated student bloc, Wafaa’ bloc, has won student union elections at Ramallah’s Birzeit University.