Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlight Abbas’ Statements

RAMALLAH, February 4, 2014 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted statements President Mahmoud Abbas made to the New York Times in which he refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and called to deploy NATO troops in the West Bank after Israeli withdrawal in order to guarantee security for the Palestinians and Israelis.

While al-Quds highlighted Abbas’ call for deploying NATO forces in the future Palestinian state, al-Ayyam said Israel rejected this call and attacked Abbas for refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Abbas suggested that Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories can go on for five years after signing a peace agreement.

Al-Quds said Fatah Central Committee said it will not accept any plan or agreement that does not meet the national rights of the Palestinian people.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted a European Union official saying Israel’s isolation will further increase if peace talks flounder.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Israeli army demolished the tent village of al-Awdah in the Jordan Valley, which was set up by activists as a mean of peaceful resistance against Israel’s occupation.

It said soldiers also attacked the village of Ein Hijleh, which was also set up by activists near the Dead Sea.

Al-Ayyam said thousands of people participated in the funerals for two Palestinians whose remains were handed over to their families on Sunday after they had been buried in numbered graves in Israel for over 10 years.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said economists criticized the proposed Palestinian budget for 2014 of $3.9 billion with a deficit estimated at $1.3 billion.

Al-Ayyam said the Jordanian foreign ministry denied any relationship between US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace rounds in the Middle East and a recent campaign by the Jordanian government to survey the status of the Palestinian refugees in the kingdom.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said hundreds of ill Palestinians and women were evacuated from the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus.