Newspaper Review: EU’s International Group to Revive ‘Peace’ Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, July 21, 2015 (WAFA) – News that the European Union (EU) is exploring the possibility of setting up an international support group to revive Palestinian-Israeli ‘peace talks’ hit the front page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The three dailies reported that the EU seeks to set up an international support group to revive the ‘peace talk’.

Al-Ayyam added that the EU has warned Israel about forced transfer of Palestinians, the demolition of Palestinian homes and property in the Hebron community of Susiya and expanding settlement construction.

Covering Israeli forces and settlers’ illegal actions against Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, al-Quds reported that Israeli forces conducted a large-scale searching operation in the vicinity of one section of the segregation wall to the west of Jenin.

It further reported that several Palestinians suffocated as Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters during clashes in the Hebron village of Beit Ummar and that forces opened gunfire on houses and farmers near the city of Gaza.

It also reported that Israeli settlers organized provocative marches near the settlements of ‘Bsajut’ and ‘Beit El’ to the northeast of Ramallah and the settlements of ‘Shilo’ and ‘Eli’ to the south of Nablus.

During these marches, settlers put up banners calling for more Palestinian land to be confiscated for the purpose of settlement construction.

Al-Ayyam reported that settlers forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and called for large numbers to force their way into it on next Sunday.

Besides, al-Quds reported that the human rights organization of St. Ives has requested the Israeli Ministry of Interior to provide an immediate solution to the Palestinians of Jerusalem wishing to travel to Jordan in the aftermath of the ministry employees’ strike.

Al-Ayyam reported on Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki as affirming that the Palestinian-Venezuelan relations are rock-solid.

Both al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted a Human Rights Watch’s report lambasting Israel over abusive detention of Palestinian children.

Al-Ayyam reported that Human Rights Watch has exposed Israeli occupation authorities’ violations against Palestinian children, including beating and other abusive practices.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israel has been violating the rights of Palestinian children and utilizing ‘unjustifiable force’ to detain them.

Internationally, al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted that the UN Security Council (UNSC) has endorsed the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, paving the way to lift sanctions crippling its economy.

Highlighting a German delegation’s official visit to Tehran, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Deputy Sigmar Gabriel as stating that the security of Israel is a prerequisite for good German-Iranian relations.

Al-Quds also reported in this regard on US National Security Advisor Susan Rice as confirming that the US will offer Israel an ‘unprecedented’ arms deal in the wake of Iranian deal.

Highlighting the results of an Israeli poll survey, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that 51% of Israeli Jews are in favor of reoccupying the Gaza Strip.