Newspaper Review: Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli airstrikes on Gaza at dawn Wednesday hit the front page headlines of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Thursday.

Al-Quds said Israel launched a series of airstrikes on multiple locations across Gaza, while Hamas, the de facto authority in Gaza, blamed Israel for escalation.

Al-Ayyam said neither Hamas nor Israel are interested in further escalation in the current period.

The dailies quoted EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, who called on the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations, saying the situation on the ground was “not sustainable.

Al-Ayyam quoted Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who said that Palestinians’ statehood was an “investment in peace”, rather than a “humanitarian relief”.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished a Palestinian-owned house in Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Silwan, under the pretext of construction without a permit.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said an Amnesty International report claimed that Hamas had massacred 23 Palestinians during the 2014 Israeli aggression on Gaza.

The three dailies said former UK Premier Tony Blair resigned from his post as Middle East peace envoy.

Al-Ayyam quoted senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath as saying that Blair has contributed nothing to the Palestinian cause.