Newspaper Review: Palestinian, International Reaction to Israeli Elections Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, March 19, 2015 (WAFA) – The results of the Israeli general elections which saw the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled with Palestinian and international reactions hit the front page headlines of Palestinian dailies.

Al-Ayyam reported that Netanyahu hurried to form a right-wing government following his surprising victory. Al-Quds reported that the Israeli right wing dominated the political arena and that Netanyahu is capable of forming an extremist government with a slight majority.

Covering Palestinian and international reactions on the results of Israeli elections, al-Quds reported that the US Administration is ‘displeased’ with Netanyahu’s remarks and would re-consider all of its policies.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the White House has criticized Netanyahu’s use of “divisive and anti-Arab rhetoric”.

Al-Quds also reported that Washington has warned about the Palestinian Authority’s lack of capability to continue to function. Al-Ayyam quoted White House sources as stating: “Washington would re-evaluate its steps given Netanyahu’s remarks against the establishment of the Palestinian state.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported that Israel has elected extremism and have been called by European Union countries to ‘be responsible’.

Al-Ayyam also quoted White House sources as saying: “Netanyahu’s win will not impact Iran negotiations.”

Regarding Palestinian official reactions to the re-election of Netanyahu, the three dailies quoted Palestinian Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeina as stating: “We will continue to deal with any Israeli government that is committed to international resolutions.”

Al-Ayyam quoted PLO sources as stating: “Israel has chosen the path of racism and occupation and we call on the international community to support our quest at the International Criminal Court.”

While the Palestinian and international reaction to the re-election of Netanyahu appeared as the main news front page item in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida, al-Quds opted to highlight the story of a Palestinian young man who sustained serious wounds during clashes with Israeli forces at al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah.

The three dailies reported that Israeli forces demolished dozens of Palestinian residential structures in the Northern Jordan Valley, displacing scores of Palestinian families and that hundreds of olive trees were chopped down in Nablus and Hebron districts.

Al-Quds reported that Fatah movement intends to make major leadership changes in Gaza, while Hamas has been considering proposals to maintain the ceasefire.

Al-Ayyam quoted Israeli historian Illan Pappe as saying: “Knesset elections announced that the two-state solution is dead.”

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli settlers took over Palestinian property and plot of land in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

They also reported that President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the Bardo National Museum attack in Tunisia and expressed his condolences to the Tunisian Ambassador to PA.

Finally, al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa as stating: “We have started to develop economic alternatives to the Paris Protocol.”