Newspapers Review: Israel-Hezbollah Flare Up Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, January 29, 2015 (WAFA) – The recent flare-up between Israel and Hezbollah in the occupied Shebaa Farms near the Lebanese border dominated the headlines of three Arabic Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds reported that Hezbollah stroke back at Israel in Shebaa Farms, killing two Israeli soldiers and injuring seven others in a military convoy attack.

The three dailies also reported that a Spanish UNIFEL peacekeeper was killed in Israeli bombardment.

The papers said the United Nations Security Council convened to discuss the simmering tensions on the Lebanese-Israeli border.

All papers highlighted the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threats to retaliate Hezbollah’s attack.

Highlighting United States’ statement regarding the recent violence outbreak, al-Quds reported that the US condemned the Israel-Hezbollah fire exchange and called for de-escalation. Al-Ayyam quoted US State Department as stating: “Israel has the right to defend itself.”

The paper added that Israel is drawing up a bank of Lebanese targets should fighting persist and that Israeli army has started to drill along the border in search for tunnels.

The three dailies printed a photo showing fires flaring in the convoy of Israeli military vehicles.

Regarding the Israeli ongoing occupation measures, the three dailies said the Israeli so-called ‘Civil Administration’ has illegally transferred 2,400 dunums of land belonging to Qalqilya to an Israeli settlement company.

Al-Quds reported that Palestinian resistance activists replaced Israeli flags with Palestinian flags in Jerusalem-Hebron Road, also known as Road 60.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that an Israeli settler assaulted a Palestinian child in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Thuri and attempted to kidnap him.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida published that Israeli occupation forces had detained a girl from the Hebron town of Beit Ummar and two disabled children from Jenin while dozens of extreme settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque Complex amidst simmering tensions.

Al-Quds reported that two Palestinian schoolboys, who survived a kidnapping attempt in July 201, identified the Israeli settlers who kidnapped and burned Mohammad Abu Khdeir.

It also said the Head of Hamas military wing Mohammad Deif is still alive and Israel has not attained the victory it had desired.

It also reported that Jerusalem District Magistrate Court rejected an appeal filed by a Palestinian family in the Jerusalem town of Silwan to evacuate the settlers from its house.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Palestinian protestors stormed UNRWA headquarters in Gaza city and the UN Special Coordinator for the ME Peace Process Robert Serry held Hamas responsible.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that the UN is poised to review its operations in the strip in the aftermath of the incident. It together with al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Palestinian government condemned the incident slamming it as having ‘an adverse impact on Gaza reconstruction.”

Both of them reported UN Human Rights Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Bin Ra’ad as saying that Israel and the Palestinians have failed to investigate human rights violations during the latest Gaza ‘war’.

Al-Ayyam reported that the Israeli Electricity Company has decided to reduce the amount of electricity supplied to the Palestinian Territory.

Internationally, al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted Netanyahu’s controversial upcoming visit to the US, quoting US President Barack Obama as saying: “I am not going to meet Netanyahu as such a meeting is not appropriate.”