Newspapers Review: Settlements, Israel’s Security, Jerusalem Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 3, 2013 (WAFA) – The issue of Israeli settlement expansion, its security concerns in case of a peace settlement and efforts to turn Jerusalem into a Jewish city were highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Saturday.

All the stories came from the Israeli press on the day before.

The headline in al-Quds said: “Israeli housing minister plans to build 1000 units for orthodox Jews in the settlement of Givat Zeev.”

The headline of the main story in al-Ayyam said: “Twenty American experts studying Israel’s security concerns in case its army pulls out of the West Bank.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted on its front page an Israeli plan to turn the Nabi Daoud mosque in occupied East Jerusalem into a synagogue.

The three papers printed a panoramic picture of the thousands of Muslims who gathered for worship at al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on the fourth and last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

Officials estimated the number of worshippers to have reached 350,000.

Al-Quds said 10,000 Muslims worshipped the last Friday of Ramadan at the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron.

The papers reported as well on the weekly Friday anti-wall, anti-settlements protests in various West Bank villages. They said dozens suffered from tear gas suffocation or hit by rubber bullets during these protests.

Al-Ayyam quoted from a Reuters story Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni saying that the next round of talks with the Palestinians will be held in Israel in the second week of August.

The situation in Egypt continued to hit the front page of the dailies.

source : WAFA NEWS