Newspaper Review: Israel’s Seizure of Freedom Flotilla III as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 30, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Tuesday issue on the Israeli navy’s interception and seizure of Freedom Flotilla III, bound for Gaza to break the Israeli siege, on Monday.

They said the Israeli Navy boarded and seized a boat leading a four-vessel flotilla of international pro-Palestinian activists, including former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki, and prevented them from reaching the blockaded coastal enclave.

Al-Quds quoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ‘Defense’ Minister Moshe Ya’alon, as justifying the interception of the flotilla by denying the existence of Israel’s blockade of Gaza for almost nine years now, while claiming that Palestinians are trying to delegitimize Israel.

In a different subject, the dailies highlighted Monday’s car bomb attack which took place  in Cairo and killed Egypt’s public prosecutor Hisham Barakat.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter of condolences to his Egyptian counterpart Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi and condemned all acts of terrorism.

The dailies said four Israeli settlers were injured by live bullets when an assailant, who remained anonymous, opened fire at them from a speeding car to the south of Nablus on Monday evening.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said hunger striking Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails Khader Adnan ended his hunger strike in return for a termination of his administrative detention, without charge or trial.

Al-Ayyam reported on the Israeli army radio as quoting high Israeli officials as saying that Adnan’s release was to prevent an inevitable escalation of violence in the West Bank.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior official of Fatah faction, as saying that talks with Hamas on a national unity government arrived at an impasse.

Al-Ayyam said Hamas senior official Khalil Hayyeh pledged that Hamas will not be part of a forthcoming unity government, in place of the current national consensus government.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said the Israeli government decided to build a 30 kilometer-long security fence on Israel-Jordan borderline.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who said he was reconsidering Israel’s membership at the UN Human Rights Council, following the latter’s recent report on last summer’s aggression on Gaza.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli army arrested a Palestinian woman near Bethlehem for allegedly stabbing a female Israeli soldier.

It said Israel decided to boycott the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva to discuss its recent report on Israel’s last summer’s war on Gaza.

It quoted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who said that France is tending towards establishing a new Middle East Quartet which includes Arab member countries.