Newspaper Review: Failure of US Efforts to Forge a Framework Agreement Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, February 22, 2014 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian dailies highlighted on Saturday statements made by President Mahmoud Abbas regarding the failure of the US efforts to forge a framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The three dailies quoted Abbas as saying: “The US diplomacy have so far failed to forge a framework agreement” with Al-Quds newspaper quoting US sources as saying that the security arrangements in the Jordan Valley and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state are the most important points of contention.

Both Al-Quds and Al-Hayat printed the same photo of the meeting that took place between Abbas and his French counterpart, Francois Holland, in Elysee Palace, Paris.

While the failure of the US efforts occupied the main front page story in Al-Quds and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Al-Ayyam highlighted the Israeli forces opening fire at Palestinian protestors in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, causing dozens of injuries among Palestinians. Both Al-Quds and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported on these clashes. The three dailies printed photos for the clashes.

The three dailies also reported on right-wing members of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) urging the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, against settlement freeze and Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley.

They also highlighted the fact plans made by Israel to unilaterally withdraw from the West Bank with maintaining settlements under Israeli sovereignty.

They also reported on the Israeli Regional Electricity Company’s plan to disconnect electricity service to the West Bank as well as the Jerusalem District Electricity Company’s proposal to raise the price of electricity supplied to the West Bank in the wake of the PA’s failure to pay hundreds of millions of shekels in debt.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and Al-Ayyam reported on extinguishing forest fires that broke out Thursday in Tur As-Safa in Bethlehem district by the Palestinian Civil Defense.

Al-Ayyam also reported on an upcoming visit made by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to Israel early next week.

Al-Quds quoted some experts in the Israeli affairs as saying that the Israeli economy is expected to annually lose about $8 billion as a result of the European boycott of the Israeli settlements’ products.

Al-Hayat reported on Palestinian protests in Hebron demanding the reopening of Al-Shuhada Hebron Street, which has been closed for about 20 years, dividing the city into two parts.

nternationally, Al-Quds reported on a security plan devised by the Palestinian factions in Lebanon to keep the camps away from Lebanon’s internal disputes.

source : WAFA NEWS