Newspaper Review: President’s Remarks during 15th Fatah Conference, Decision to Disband Government Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 17, 2015 (WAFA) – The remarks made by President Mahmoud Abbas on the French proposal to draft a UN Security Council resolution setting a deadline for ending the Israeli occupation and establishment of Palestinian state together with his decision to disband the government hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds reported in its main front page news article that Abbas has decided to dissolve the government and entrust Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with forming a new government.

Both al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted Abbas’ remarks about the French proposal in their front page news item. Abbas delivered these remarks during the 15th Fatah Revolutionary Council’s conference in Ramallah.

Abbas was quoted in al-Ayyam as stating that, ‘We’ will accept the French draft resolution if it affirms that the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital will be established and a timetable for negotiations will be set.

He was quoted in al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating that, ‘We’ will accept the French draft resolution if it becomes ‘ripe’ and includes all what we want. Otherwise, we will reject it.

Covering Israeli forces and settlers’ practices across the occupied Palestinian Territories, al-Quds reported that Israeli forces destroyed Palestinian farmers crops in the Hebron town of Beit Ummar , in addition to hundreds of forest trees to the east of Tubas.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that some Israeli settlers’ organizations plan to build a new settlement on land belonging to the East Jerusalem village of Kafr ‘Aqab.

Al-Ayyam also reported that Israeli occupation authorities seek to expand its control over the land of the Mount of Olives cemetery in East Jerusalem.

Responding to recent reports about a Qatari-drawn proposal for a long-term calm between Gaza and Israel, Fatah Central Committee was reported in al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida as refusing any partial deal that would undermine the unity of Palestinian land and people.

Presidential Advisor Nabil Abu Rudeineh was quoted in al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating that, ‘We’ support any truce in Gaza provided that it does not constitute a prelude to ]a Palestinian[ state with provisional borders.

Various Palestinian factions other than Hamas were reported in al-Ayyam as warning about sanction that secession of West Bank from the Gaza Strip and condemning Hamas’ monopoly on truce contacts.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted remarks made by Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Pierre Krähenbühl during a meeting of UNRWA’s Advisory Commission of major donors and host governments in Amman.

Krähenbühl was quoted in al-Quds as warning that the agency is facing its most serious financial crisis ever.

He was quoted in al-Ayyam as also warning that, “The isolation, exclusion and dispossession of Palestine refugees ]in Syria, Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon[ represent a time-bomb for the Middle East region.”

He was also quoted in al-Ayyam as saying that, more than five million Palestine refugees face an existential crisis on many fronts.”

Finally, al-Quds and al-Ayyam covered the Knesset’s Interior and Environmental Protection Committee over increasing Jewish settlers’ access into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Al-Quds reported that the convening Israeli members of Knesset discussed ‘tightening Israeli grip’ over the compound.

It also reported that the session was attended by Yehudah Glick and other settler leaders and that police commander has unveiled that a scheme is in the pipeline to allow ‘Jews’ to pray inside the compound.

Al-Ayyam reported that the session was disbanded following a tumult.