RAMALLAH, September 16, 2013 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas told a graduating class of al-Istiqlal Security Academy in Jericho that the borders of the Palestinian state will be the responsibility of the Palestinian security forces, according to the top front page story published Monday in al-Ayyam.
The other two dailies printed the same quotes from Abbas, with al-Hayat al-Jadida adding that Abbas also called on European companies not to do any more business with illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
The main story in al-Quds said Abbas and his prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, are going to meet on Monday to discuss the formation of the new government, which Hamdallah is supposed to announce in the next two days. It said the composition of the new government will not be much different from the current one.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the new government is expected to be announced on Tuesday.
The same paper also reported on the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Israel on Sunday and his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It said the two officials discussed the agreement between the US and Russia on the Syrian chemical weapons.
Al-Quds and the other dailies said in a story that the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem is planning to hold a million-person march for Israelis in the Old City of Jerusalem on September 24 to mark the Jewish Sukkot holiday.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said police prevented dozens of Palestinians from breaking into the Ramallah office of the Qatari al-Jazeera news channel. It said the Palestinians, in their second try in five days, were mad at an interview in which the interviewee attacked the late leader, Yasser Arafat.
Al-Quds reported on the strike of the public employees and said the strike may become open-ended as of October 6.
Al-Ayyam said the Egyptian army destroyed 90% of the capability of the smuggling tunnels with Gaza while it discovered during its military campaign in the Sinai ammunition that carry the seal of al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas.