Newspapers Review: Start of Negotiations Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, July 30, 2013 (WAFA) – The start of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations in Washington was the focus of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Tuesday.

The papers said the negotiations will continue for nine months with the papers highlighting statements made by US President Barack Obama and other US and Israeli officials on the start of the talks.

The second top front page story in the dailies focused on the visit President Mahmoud Abbas had to Egypt and his meeting with President Adli Mansour and other top officials. The papers printed a picture for Abbas and Mansour.

The papers also highlighted the Israeli court ruling convicting six Palestinians from the town of Shafa Amr inside Israel for involuntary manslaughter when they killed an Israeli terrorist who opened fire in a bus in the Arab town eight years ago killing four passengers and injuring many others.

Al-Ayyam printed a story from the Chinese news agency quoting Azzam Ahmad, Fatah’s top reconciliation negotiator with Hamas, saying that next month will be decisive for the reconciliation efforts and that Fatah will not wait forever for Hamas to decide.

Al-Quds said an Israeli policeman in civilian clothing opened fire at a Palestinian driver in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem following a brawl at a gas station injuring him in the leg. The driver ran away after the incident.

It said in another story that Fatah Revolutionary Council held a eulogy ceremony for its Jewish member, Ilan Halevi, who died on July 10.

The developments in Egypt, Syria and Iraq were also highlighted on the front page of the dailies.

source : WAFA NEWS