Newspaper Review: Lieberman Visit to Ibrahimi Mosque Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, March 16, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’ remarks at a mass right-wing rally in Tel Aviv coupled with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s storming of the Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, as part of their voter’s outreach, hit the front page headlines in three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Reporting that he has affirmed his radical positions on the eve of Israeli elections, al-Ayyam quoted Netanyahu as stating: “As long as my government is in power, there will be no concessions or withdrawals or division of Jerusalem.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that Netanyahu has laid out his three No’s in a right-wing rally and announced his willingness to hand the finance portfolio to Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon.

Moving to Lieberman, the three dailies reported that he ‘stormed’ the Ibrahimi Mosque as part of his outreach plan to win electorate votes. Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Lieberman ‘desecrated’ the Mosque.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam printed a photo featuring Israeli soldiers cordoning off the Ibrahimi Mosque vicinity and preventing some Palestinians from accessing it.

Covering Palestinian Authority’s warnings that it would re-evaluate its relation with Israel as a result of the ongoing withholding of Palestinian tax revenues for the third consecutive month, al-Quds quoted PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat as stating: “We will re-evaluate our economic relations with Israel.” It also reported Deputy Premier Muhammad Mustafa’s remarks about the Palestinian government’s directions to re-evaluate the relation with Israel.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud al-‘Aloul as announcing that some more Israeli products have been banned.

Al-Ayyam reported Hamas senior official Mahmoud al-Zahhar as rejecting Abbas’ invitation to Hamas to sign a document pledging to take part in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated his Egyptian counterpart on the recent successful investment conference and met with Mayor of Nazareth at the Presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

It also reported that a Palestinian woman was detained by Israeli occupation forces for allegedly possessing a knife and that some activists and undergraduate students from Birzeit University planted olive saplings in the Nablus village of Qaryout in commemoration of US activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed when an Israeli bulldozer ran her over.

It also quoted Governor of Monetary Authority Jihad al-Wazir as stating that local banks are no longer capable to lend the government in order to pay civil servants’ salaries.