Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlight Construction of 1200 Units in Settlements

RAMALLAH, August 12, 2013 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted on their Monday front page issue an Israeli plan to build 1200 new housing units in settlements in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank.

The papers said the Israeli decision comes on the eve of a decision to release 26 Palestinian prisoners held since before 1993 as part of a total of 104 prisoners Israel promised to release to give boost to renewed Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

It also comes on the eve of holding the second round of the peace talks, planned for Wednesday in Jerusalem.

Al-Quds said that while Palestinian officials have condemned the Israeli settlement expansion plan, analysts have also shed doubt on success of the peace talks.

Al-Ayyam quoted the Israeli daily Haaretz saying that the Israeli government would do anything to crash the talks. The paper printed a picture and a story of Israeli officials laying the corner stone for a new settlement on Jabal al-Mukkaber land in East Jerusalem.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted President Abbas saying that none of the prisoners who are going to be released is going to be banished. It said Abbas met on Sunday with the US peace envoy Martin Indyk, who is in the region for the start of round two in the peace talks.

The paper also said five Jordanian prisoners held in Israel have suspended their hunger strike, on for several months, after the Israel prison authorities have met some of their demands.

The papers reported as well on the Israeli army shooting and killing of a 30-year-old Palestinian from Gaza it said had approached the fence built at the Gaza border with Israel.

The developments in Egypt and the possibility that the army may start an operation to evict the pro-deposed ruler strikers in Cairo’s squares were highlighted on the front page of the dailies.

source : WAFA NEWS