RAMALLAH, August 24, 2013 (WAFA) – The warning US Secretary of State John Kerry made to Israel if peace talks fail was the main front page story in two of the Palestinian Arabic dailies on Saturday.
Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Kerry warned Israel that it will face an international campaign aimed at its legitimacy if the negotiations with the Palestinians fail.
The papers also highlighted statements President Mahmoud Abbas made to Israelis on Thursday who visited him at his compound in Ramallah in which he said a final peace agreement with Israel will end the conflict and all Palestinian claims to anything within the pre-1967 borders.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted as well Kerry’s warning, but opted to make the explosions that ripped through the northern Lebanese city, Tripoli, killing 42 people as its main front page story printing as well a picture of the destruction the explosions have caused.
Al-Quds and al-Ayyam also reported on the Lebanon explosions, and the three papers reported as well on their front page on the Israeli airstrike against a base for a Palestinian faction in Beirut in apparent retaliation for rocket attacks from Lebanon into Israel the day before.
Al-Quds said in a story printed with yellow background that a Palestinian family from Nazareth lost more than 20 relatives in the chemical attack on al-Ghouta near Damascus that killed more than 1300 people. It said the Wakid family in Nazareth said 21 members of its members were killed including entire families.
Al-Ayyam made the developments in Egypt as its second main front page story saying in the headline that the Muslim Brotherhood have “failed” in showing their strength in the street as only a limited number of people participated in protests the Brotherhood called for on Friday.
The Israeli army crackdown on the weekly West Bank protests against the wall and settlements was also highlighted on the front page of the dailies, which said that the Israeli army fired tear gas into a mosque in the town of Kufr Qaddoum, near Qalqilya, causing serious suffocation for the elderly who were performing the Friday prayers inside the mosque.
The papers also said the Israeli authorities gave the Ka’abneh Bedouin tribe until Wednesday to leave the area of Beit Hanina, northern Jerusalem, where its members have lived for decades. Israel on Sunday demolished the dwellings of the tribe displacing more than 50 people.
Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida printed several stories on their front page on the calamity facing Hamas due to the loss of its main backer in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood.
The two papers said the Palestinian Tamarod (rebellion) group is gaining strength in Gaza to a point Hamas is getting worried.
Al-Ayyam quoted a Hamas official saying that Tamarod members are traitors and that they were trained by the Egyptian intelligence.