Newspapers Review: Weekly Cabinet’s Session Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, January 14, 2015 (WAFA) – The Palestinian cabinet’s statements regarding the required financial safety net that Arab states have pledged to provide as well as the crisis of the Gaza government employees who have not received their salaries hit the front page headlines of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Quds reported that the cabinet called on friendly states to provide a financial safety net in the wake of withholding Palestinian tax revenues by Israel.

It also reported that the cabinet continues to emphasize the importance of the Palestinian national and Islamic forces in terms of supporting the government and ending the Palestinian division.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that the former Hamas government employees stormed the cabinet’s headquarters and decided to carry out sit-in protests inside.

It also said that the cabinet condemned the protest and quoted Minister of Labor Mam’oun Abu Shahla as saying: “None of the Gaza employees will be laid off.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added that the cabinet condemned storming the Gaza-based cabinet’s headquarters by government employees.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that Palestinian factions rejected Hamas’ invitation to convene the Palestinian Legislative Council Wednesday and considered such a session as ‘illegal’.

While al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted the cabinet’s statements, al-Hayat al-Jadida focused on the Israeli ongoing attempts to control the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound.

It reported that a Jewish organization seeks to register the Mosque in the Israeli Lands Registration Department.

Al-Quds reported on clashes that erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the Hebron town of Beit Ummar and that forces arrested several Palestinians in Hebron district and raided the city of Bethlehem.

Concerning the issue of building part of the segregation wall on Beit Jala’s Cremisan valley, al-Quds reported that a delegation of British Consul-General in Jerusalem and 40 bishops from churches around the world made a tour in solidarity with Cremisan valley.

The three dailies reported that President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo, where he briefed Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi and a host of other Egyptian officials on the latest developments regarding the situation in Palestine and is slated to meet on Wednesday his Egyptian counterpart.

Regarding the Palestinian-Egyptian relations, al-Ayyam reported on an Egyptian presidential source denying that a meeting was held between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and former Fatah member Mohammad Dahaln.

Quoting Israeli media reports, al-Quda and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israel is expected to be hit by a global political and economic tsunami in 2015.

Concerning the Palestinian application to join the International Criminal Court, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported on the White House announcing that the Palestinians are eligible to join the ICC.

The three dailies quoted Palestinian Finance Ministry sources as saying that the $60 million Saudi grant covers October, November and December payments.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the Gaza Strip is facing a severe shortage in gas. It also published a story on an Israeli plan to expand West Bank illegal settlements and settle French Jews in them.

Lastly the paper said that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be making an official visit to Palestine on January 20th.