Newspaper Review: Talks on 2015 Public Budget Law Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 10, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted on Wednesday ongoing talks by government officials aimed at setting the annual public budget for the fiscal year 2015.

They said the council of ministers began talks on setting the annual budget, but also said the new budget proposal will likely include austerity measures.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Israeli Army Minister Moshe Ya’alon as saying that he does not believe a stable peace agreement could be reached with the Palestinians in his lifetime.

Al-Quds said Ya’alon threatened to resume the policy of assassinations of resistance leaders in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Quds said Palestinian officials welcomed the United States’ Supreme Court ruling which decided that Americans born in Jerusalem could not list Israel as their birthplace on passports.

The three dailies said the Israeli authorities released Aziz Dweik, Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), after one year of imprisonment. Dweik was arrested along another 600 Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials during a crackdown in the West Bank following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli settlers.

Al-Ayyam said an Israeli court in Jerusalem deferred the trial of the killers of Mohammad Abu Khdeir to upcoming September.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Azzam al-Ahmad, Fatah official in charge of reconciliation with Hamas, who said the Palestinian Authority was waiting the response of Hamas regarding its willingness to enable the government to assume its duties in Gaza.