Newspaper Review: Netanyahu’s No Palestinian State if Elected Statement Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, March 17, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to  consolidate settlement construction in East Jerusalem and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state if re-elected hit the front page headlines of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The papers reported on Netanyahu who vowed to consolidate settlement construction and prevent the establishment of the Palestinian state, if he was elected a fourth time to head the next Israeli government.

Al-Quds added in this regard that Netanyahu promised voters “to continue to occupy Arab (East) Jerusalem,” noting that he has “laid out three No’s to salvage his declining popularity.”

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida added in this regard that Zionist Union co-leader Tzipi Livni has given up the agreement to rotate prime minister’s office with co-leader Isaac Herzog.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on former Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid as saying: “Netanyahu’s era is coming to an end.”

Al-Quds reported that the Israeli Central Court has postponed the implementation of a ruling to evict the Palestinian family of Sub Laban from their rented house in Jerusalem Old City’s neighborhood of Aqabat al-Khalidiya.

Al-Ayyam added in this respect that Palestinians, activists and the house owners of East Jerusalem had confronted settlers’ attempt to take over the house.

Covering Israeli occupation practices, al-Quds reported that Israeli forces conducted a ‘large-scale’ arrest operation across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

It also reported that notices have been handed out to demolish dozens of Palestinian houses and decisions have been made in this respect.

It also reported that Israeli settler group of Elad, also known as ‘Ir David Foundation, an organization consolidating Jewish settlers’ control of Palestinian property in East Jerusalem, has forcefully controlled the water spring, archeological sites and all of Silwan’s neighborhoods.

Al-Ayyam reported that Israeli occupation forces set up a caravan on lands belonging to the Bethlehem village of Kisan. Meanwhile, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that settlers attempted to poison a Palestinian family in Hebron.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the entrance of the Ramallah village of Beitin, also known as the D.C.O. road, closed since 2001, will be re-opened by Israeli authorities.

Commenting on the status of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, al-Quds reported that Palestinian detainee Mustafa Breijia, 29, has been moved to an Israeli hospital following the deterioration of his health and that the health condition of both detainees Munjid Hamamra and Ahmad Ja‘afra has declined.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Tony Blair’s mission as the Middle East Quartet envoy is intended to be ‘reshaped’ following his deteriorating relationship with the Palestinian Authority (PA). Al-Ayyam cited Blair’s lack of credibility and deterioration of relationship with Palestinians.

The three papers also reported that French experts have reaffirmed that former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was not poisoned.

They also reported that United Nations Human Rights Council has delayed publishing its report on the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza.

The three dailies reported that following an Iraqi resolution, Palestinian refugees living in Iraq are to be treated equal to Iraqis in all administration and legal matters with the exception of obtaining an Iraqi citizenship.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that an Italian has been named by the EU as a new special representative for the Middle East.