Newspapers Review: Settlement Expansion Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 6, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli decision to expand illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem was the focus of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Tuesday.

The papers reported in details about these plans and local and international reaction to them.

Al-Quds reported on the Palestinian opposition to resumption of negotiations with Israel in light of its continuation in building settlements. It quoted officials from the various political parties stating their opinion as to why they oppose these talks.

Al-Ayyam said the Palestinian negotiations supervision committee established by the Palestine Liberation Organization and which is boycotted by the leftist PLO factions is going to meet on Tuesday for the first time to review the status of the talks after the first round held in Washington and the next step after the talks resume on August 14 in Israel.

On the reconciliation efforts, al-Ayyam quoted Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq saying that the situation in Egypt is not conducive to host reconciliation meetings between Hamas and Fatah.

However, the same paper quoted Fatah leader to the reconciliation talks, Azzam Ahmad, saying that Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal gave his consent to the negotiations with Israel and that Hamas is trying to avoid reconciliation.

The paper said in another story that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered creation of a commission that would look into conscripting Christians in the Israeli army.

The three papers said a call has been made on the public to watch for the new moon on Wednesday evening, which if seen means the end of the month of Ramadan and start of Eid al-Fitr.

source : WAFA NEWS