Newspapers Review: Abbas-Sisi Meeting Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, January 15, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted in their Thursday issue the Wednesday meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, in Cairo.

During the meeting, Abbas told el-Sisi he was seeking Arab support for re-submitting a rejected United Nations draft resolution that calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories within three years.

The dailies said Israeli police Wednesday opened fire and killed a Palestinian youngster, claiming he was attempting to steal a car near the settlement bloc of Gush Etzion.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Israeli settlers Wednesday broke into the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa and slashed the tires of 11 Palestinian cars and sprayed anti-Arab graffiti.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Nigerian parliament summoned the Foreign Minister to question him about his abstention to vote in favor of ending the Israeli occupation during an UNSC’s vote on December 30 2014.

The three dailies said the parliament of Wallonia, the French speaking part of Belgium, Wednesday voted in favor of recognizing an independent Palestinian state.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, known for his far-right views, insulted Abbas and said he had “overridden all the red lines,” calling for him to be overthrown.

They said the Grant Mufti of Jerusalem warned against an Israeli plan to register Muslims’ holy al-Aqsa Mosque as an Israeli state property to be officially run by the so-called Tabu (land registration) office.

Al-Ayyam quoted Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who said that Palestine is on the verge of signing a cooperation agreement with the ICC.