Newspaper Reviews: Paris peace conference focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, January 16, 2017 (WAFA) – News about the peace conference that was held in Paris on Sunday hit the front pages headlines of the three Palestinian dailies on Monday.

The dailies said that the conference affirmed that the two-state solution is the only possible way to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Al-Quds said President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian side is ready to resume negotiations within a specific timeline, while al-Ayyam said that Abbas welcomed the outcomes of the conference and said it affirmed international terms of reference and called for applying its terms.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Abbas referred to the importance of applying Security Council resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlement in the occupied territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

It said that Abbas called on the countries that haven’t recognized the state of Palestine, to recognize it officially. It also said that Abbas will go to France to meet French President Francois Hollande in order to discuss ways to peacemaking.

The three dailies added that the French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, warned against US President-elect Donald Trump’s intention of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. According to al-Ayyam, Ayrault said that moving the embassy would have dangerous consequences.

Similarly, al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Ayrault stated that moving the embassy would be an act of provocation and that it is always beneficial to keep in mind the 1967 borders and the UN resolutions.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Hollande said that the solution to the Palestinian case should be a priority to the international community and that any settlement should not be imposed on either Palestinians or Israelis.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was reported in al-Quds as stating that he made sure the statement of the Paris conference was fair to Israel.

Kerry also praised France for hosting the conference whose final statement supported the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to al-Ayyam.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam both said that the United Kingdom expressed reservations toward the conference statement and  refused to sign it.

On a totally different subject, the dailies reported as well on the electricity crisis in Gaza quoting Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah criticizing smear campaigns against his government due to this crisis.

Al-Quds quoted Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk saying “we agreed with Fatah on everything and all is left is the implementation.”

The paper also said Palestine and Israel have agreed to revive their joint water committee.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israel said it will demolish 81 homes in the Arab Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood of East Jerusalem seen as a collective punishment after the truck ramming attack in the city last week by a neighborhood resident that left four Israeli soldiers dead.

The papers also reported on the meetings for the Palestinian factions in Moscow to discuss local issues, including unity.

 

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