Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlight Abbas Statements on Referendum

RAMALLAH, July 23, 2013 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies Tuesday highlighted statements President Mahmoud Abbas made to a Jordanian newspaper in which he said any agreement with Israel will be submitted for a referendum.

Abbas’ statements were published in the Jordanian newspaper, Al-Rai.

While al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted Abbas statements on the referendum in their main front page headline, al-Quds, on the other hand, highlighted a statement in which Abbas said “our first choice is an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

The three papers continued to report on the US efforts to re-start peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

The main front page story in al-Quds focused on White House statements in which officials described the negotiations as tough file and that they will start in the coming weeks.

Al-Ayyam said in a story that the initial talks in Washington between the Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will most likely start early next week.

The papers also said that Israel has agreed to release at least 80 Palestinian prisoners as goodwill gesture to the Palestinians once the negotiation take off.

They said in a separate story that US Secretary of State John Kerry has rejected an Israeli demand to release the spy, Jonathan Pollard, held in a US jail after he was convicted of espionage, in return for its release of Palestinian prisoners.

Al-Quds quoted the Israeli Peace Now movement saying that the Israeli government has approved the construction of 5100 new housing units in the Israeli settlements, which if Israel proceeds to build them could be a blow to efforts to revive the peace process.

Al-Ayyam said Abbas was invited to visit Britain after Foreign Secretary William Hague has called Abbas to express support for resumption of negotiations with Israel.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the biggest Dutch retail stores have decided to boycott products made in the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The papers quoted a report in Ma’an news agency that said former Israeli head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, has secretly visited the United Arab Emirates during which he met former Fatah official Muhammad Dahlan, who was ousted from the movement and currently lives in exile.

The papers continued to report on the developments in Egypt.

source : WAFA NEWS