Newspaper Review: EU Condemnation of New Israeli Settlement Plans Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 10, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on Sunday on the European Union’s condemnation of recently approved Israeli settlement tenders in East Jerusalem.

The dailies quoted a UN spokesperson as saying that Israel’s determination to continue its settlement policy despite the urging of the international community, not only threatens the viability of the two state solution but also seriously calls into question its commitment to a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians.

The three dailies said that a former prisoner in Israeli jails; 33-year-old Rami Shalamish from Jenin, died on Saturday of a neurological disease which had progressed due to Israeli medical negligence during his imprisonment sentence.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in the Russian capital Moscow to participate in the country’s 70th anniversary of its victory over the Nazi Germany.

Al-Quds said three Palestinians were injured on Saturday by Israeli live bullets near the border east of Khan Younes in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Ayyam said the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, insisted that former Palestinian Authority employees cannot be reinstated into the civil service before former Hamas government employees in Gaza are recognized by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s government.

Al-Ayyam quoted a German newspaper as saying that the new Israeli government coalition is doomed to failure, and that it could face isolation by the international community.

Al-Ayyam quoted Israel Channel II as reporting that foreign fighter jets bombed an arms convoy belonging to Hezbollah in Syria, killing at least one Hezbollah fighter.

On a different subject, al-Hayat al-Jadida said 43,383 university graduates in Palestine attended the employment examination administered by the Ministry of Education on Saturday.