Austrian President’s visit to Palestinian territories focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen’s visit to the occupied Palestinian territories and meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

President Abbas was reported in the dailies stressing: We will not participate in any international peace conference that will not be based on the United Nations resolutions.

He was also reported in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida stressing that no one is allowed to speak or negotiate on behalf of the Palestinians.

Van der Bellen was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida stating that his country favors the two-state solution to the Palestinian issue through negotiations.

He was also reported criticizing the US administration’s decision to relocate its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and withhold funds from the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida printed a photo for Abbas and Van der Bellen observing a display of the Palestinian presidential honor guard during a welcome ceremony in Ramallah.

Additionally, al-Quds reported that Israel is advancing several settlement construction plans in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and Abu Dis town, east of Jerusalem.

It added that Israel plans to raze hundreds of dunums of Palestinian farmland in the West Bank district of Salfit for settlement construction.

Moreover, the dailies said that senior Israeli ministers and parliamentarians have signed a declaration pledging to implement a plan to fill the West Bank with two million Jewish settlers.

According to al-Quds, US President Donald Trump’s advisor Jared Kushner will unveil Trump’s Mideast plan, dubbed deal of the century at Warsaw conference.

It added that Abu Dhabi Development Fund contributes AED 44 million to development programs in Jerusalem.

It also reported that Hamas has revealed details about Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh’s meeting with chief of Egyptian Intelligence Abbas Kamel in Cairo, a theme that was also covered in al-Ayyam.

It reported the Palestinian cabinet stressing that the Palestinian leadership would continue to support Palestinian placed in Israeli detention and their families.

The cabinet made this statement following Israel’s decision to deduct the stipends paid to Palestinian prisoners from the Palestinian tax revenues.

Spotlighting the situation in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel forced his way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint site along with dozens of settlers.

Al-Quds said that Palestinians attended the funeral procession of Abdullah Faisal Tawalbeh as confrontation with Israeli forces erupted in the Nablus-district refugee camp of al-Ein.

Tawalbeh, 19, was killed and another Palestinian identified as Omar Abu Hananeh was injred by Israeli forces near al-Jalama checkpoint in the northern West Bank.

Highlighting destruction of Palestinian crops and farmlands, the dailies reported that Israeli settlers uprooted hundreds of olive trees and razed farmlands in Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley.

Regarding detention raids, al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Israeli forces detained 33 Palestinians, including the mother of Saleh Barghouti, during multiple raids across the West Bank.

According to al-Quds, the so-called Israeli Civil Administration is expanding the Door-to-Door Project with the absence of the Palestinian side.

It added that Hamas and Islamic Jihad Movement emphasized the need to form a Palestinian national unity government.

Al-Ayyam said that Israeli forces held five Palestinian teachers and a student for several hours on their way to the Hajariyah School in Hebron City in the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba.

Secretary-General of Fatah Revolutionary Council (FRC) Majed Fityani was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida announcing that President Abbas is slated to deliver a comprehensive and inclusive speech during FRC’s session, scheduled to take place today evening.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency