Newspapers Review: Israel Welcomes Kerry with Settlements

RAMALLAH, November 4, 2013 (WAFA) – Al-Ayyam’s Monday front page main story headline said that Israel welcomes US Secretary of State John Kerry with a new wave of settlement housing units.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also said that Israel is paving the way for Kerry with the construction of 1859 new settlement units and a wall in the Jordan Valley.

Al-Quds reported on statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he said he is going to build a wall along the borders with Jordan and called on the Palestinians to give up their right of return.

The paper also quoted Jordan’s King Abdullah saying that his country will prevent Israel from changing the character of Jerusalem.

It quoted Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad saying: “We will abandon negotiations if there is no progress in the coming months.”

The papers reported on the meeting of the Arab foreign ministers in Cairo focusing in particular on the intervention of Foreign Minister Riyad Malki during which he warned against any Israeli action regarding the current status of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

They said Hamas was able to find an Israeli drone that fell inside the Gaza Strip following a malfunction.

The papers said as well that the finance ministry paid Israel part of the overdue fuel bill that allowed it to transport fuel to West Bank gas stations, who declared strike on Sunday to protest failure to supply them with fuel.

The finance ministry also said it will pay salaries to the public employees on Monday.

The papers also said Tuesday is the start of the Muslim New Year.

Al-Ayyam said several Fatah members are planning to visit Marwan Barghouti in his prison cell.

It also reported on a decision by an Israeli court that rejected a petition for compensation by families of Palestinian policemen Israel killed in 2002 and fined the families around $60,000.