Newspapers Review: Prisoners, Settlements Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 13, 2013 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Arabic dailies Tuesday highlighted the expected release of 26 Palestinian prisoners and the construction of 890 settlement units in the illegal settlement of Gilo, west of Jerusalem.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on the release of the 26 prisoners on Tuesday, which comes as a step to promote peace talks and a strategic step to opening the prisoners file.

The papers printed several photos of families of the prisoners who are due to be released Tuesday evening.

Al-Ayyam printed a photo of a mother from the village of Deir Jarir, northeast of Ramallah, holding a framed picture of herself with her imprisoned son with a wide smile on her face as she anticipates reuniting with her son.

Al-Ayyam reported on the Israeli Ministry of Interior finalizing a plan to construct 890 unites in the Bethlehem area settlement of Gilo, which comes only days after the government approved the construction of 1200 units in Gilo and several other settlements.

The paper said that the US expressed grave concern  regarding the decision to allow Israeli settlers to continue to construct on Palestinian land despite of the ongoing peace talks.

It reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticizing the European Union’s position regarding settlements in the West Bank, considering that it “obstructs peace talks with the Palestinians.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted President Mahmoud Abbas saying, “We are committed to achieving a comprehensive and just peace” during a meeting with the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Ramallah.

It highlighted statements by member of the PLO in charge of negotiations, Saeb Erekat, saying that the Israeli decisions aim to “prevent the Palestinian side from coming to the negotiations table.”

source :  WAFA NEWS