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Palestinian-Jordanian coordination prior to US peace team’s visit

[8/24/2017 9:10:44 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Palestinian-Jordanian coordination prior to the visit of US President Donald Trump’s peace team to Ramallah dominated the front page headlines in Palestinian Arabic dailies on Thursday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II discussed the current political situation in light of the US peace team’s visit over a telephone conversation.

It reported Abdullah underscored the importance of Trump’s commitment to bring about a peace agreement.

Al-Quds reported in this regard Abbas and Abdullah II underscored the importance of the two-state solution in their phone conversation.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Abbas was scheduled to meet the US peace delegation headed by Trump’s son-in-law and chief advisor Jared Kushner to discuss means to resume the peace process.

Al-Quds added the visiting US team carries proposals of an economic prospect in return for starting negotiations.

On the other hand, al-Ayyam opted to spotlight as its main front page story reports that 3,455 Israeli settler units were established on privately-owned Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Israeli occupation authorities reportedly plan to retroactively legalize these units under the so-called Regularization Law that was passed earlier this year.

Al-Quds published an exclusive interview with British Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt.

It reported him warning of the catastrophic situation in the besieged Gaza Strip and spotlighting the difficult path towards a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Burt was also reported reiterating his rejection of Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank as detrimental to the two-state solution and believing in the need for the establishment of the viable Palestinian state.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam also reported about 1.25 million Palestinian students returned to schools with the start of the new school year 2017/18 in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah calling upon the international community to actively intervene to compel Israel to release about 300 Palestinian children and minors currently held in Israeli prisons.

Al-Quds reported Amnesty International slamming the Cybercrime Law, which was recently approved by Abbas, as a violation of citizens’ rights and in contravention of international law.

Highlighting tensions at East Jerusalem Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, al-Quds said scores of Israeli Jewish settlers stormed the mosque compound under heavy police escort.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added extremist member of Israeli parliament, the Knesset, Yehuda Glick performed prayers outside the holy site’s gates.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Israeli forces prevented the mayor of Hebron, Tayseer Abu Sneineh, from touring a number of schools in Hebron’s old city to inaugurate the beginning of the new schoolyear.

Al-Quds added Abu Sneineh was also verbally assaulted by Israeli Jewish settlers, who threatened to kill him.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi underlying the importance Egypt attaches to achieving a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian question.

Sisi was also reported in al-Ayyam underlying the necessity that there should be a specific timetable and agreed-upon terms of reference for the peace process.

Al-Ayyam reported head of the Palestinian delegation to the US, Hosam Zumlut, stating some Israeli and US groups were seeking to obstruct the achieving of a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida covered Foreign Minister Riyad Malki’s visit to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Al-Ayyam said two Palestinians were killed and a number of others injured in renewed clashes between the joint Palestinian forces and Islamic militant groups in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in Lebanon.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli forces shot and seriously injured a Palestinian young man to the north of Beit Lahya town in the northern Gaza Strip.

It added Israeli forces raided the Bethlehem-district isolated village of Jub al-Deeb, where they hauled mobile structures that were set up for school classrooms, leaving students without a school to attend.


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