Newspaper Review: Germany’s Foreign Minister in Gaza Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 2, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Tuesday issue on remarks expressed by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a visit to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Steinmeier was quoted as saying that the situation in Gaza is a “powder keg” that is liable to explode at any time, stressing that the status quo in Gaza is no longer sustainable.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted in its main headline that the Israeli government has allocated some $17 million to “Judaize” Jerusalem, adding that six other “Judaization” bills will be referred for approval to the Israeli Knesset in the near future.

Al-Ayyam quoted Israeli ‘Defense’ Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who denied the existence of any links between Steinmeier’s visit to Gaza and talks on restoring the remains of Israeli soldiers who were killed in Gaza during 2014 aggression.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the medical condition of prisoner Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 28 days in Isareli jails, has significantly deteriorated. Adnan is hunger striking against his solitary confinement imposed by the Israeli Prison Service.

Al-Ayyam quoted Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who said the United States administration had promised to revive peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis upon concluding a nuclear deal with Iran.

Al-Quds reported on Hamdallah who added that the government is committed to achieving sustainable development and creating an independent national economy.

Al-Ayyam, on the other hand, opted to quote deputy Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, who said that the government has failed to meet its commitments.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said an Israeli court in Jerusalem sentenced a Palestinian from the city to 10 months in prison for alleged “incitement” on the social network, Facebook.

It said the Hamas de facto authorities in Gaza imposed a new fine (25%) at cars exports to Gaza.

Al-Ayyam said the Israeli Ministerial Committee submitted a draft bill to the Knesset to ban phone calls between Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the outside.