RAMALLAH, September 30, 2013 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted Monday on their front page statements by a foreign diplomat saying the Palestinian-Israeli talks have hit a snag.
The story first appeared in the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv quoting a Western diplomat saying that the deadlock came due to Israeli refusal to accept land swap idea, as came in the headline in al-Quds daily, while al-Hayat al-Jadida focused its headline on the diplomat saying the negotiations are useless without a US intervention.
Al-Ayyam, on the other hand, said the talks are deadlocked over borders, while Israel is concentrating on its own security by keeping its forces in the West Bank.
The three papers said President Mahmoud Abbas received on Sunday a telephone call from US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the negotiations.
The three papers also reported on allegations that Israel has arrested an Iranian spy with al-Ayyam saying in the headline that Israel is preceding a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday by declaring that it has arrested an Iranian spy in Tel Aviv.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said on this story that Israel announced the arrest of the alleged spy, who it claimed took pictures of the US embassy in Tel Aviv, at a time Netanyahu is waging a campaign against what it referred to as “diplomacy of smile.”
The papers said Israeli police arrested four Israelis for vandalizing a Christian cemetery in Jerusalem. They also said Israelis damaged eight vehicles owned by Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, in the heart of East Jerusalem where several Palestinian families were forced out of their homes and replaced by Jews.
On the local level, the papers said the conflict between the administration and students at Birzeit University over tuition fees has ended and the first semester will start on Monday following more than a month delay.
Al-Quds said that several Palestinian figures gathered at Palestine House, the hilltop palace of Palestinian businessman Munib Masri in Nablus, to discuss the situation in Jerusalem and Israeli efforts to turn the occupied city, particularly its al-Aqsa Mosque, into a Jewish one.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said angry Gaza students broke the gates to Rafah crossing with Egypt on Sunday demanding to be allowed to travel to catch up with their studies abroad.
It said in a different story that Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah gave instructions to build two hospitals in Hebron.