Newspaper Review: Dailies highlight President Abbas’s call with Macron

Palestinian Arabic-language dailies focused today on President Mahmoud Abbas’s call yesterday with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron which discussed the latest political developments in the region.

Al-Ayyam said it its main headline: “President Abbas tells Macron: We’re about to take a series of steps in response to the Israeli escalation.”

Al-Quds reported on the same topic: “President [Abbas] discusses the situation [in Palestine] in a telephone call with Macron.”

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida said in its main story: “President [Abbas] stresses the importance of the French role [in Middle East politics] which the Palestinian side trusts.”

“The international community needs to take deterrent measures against Israeli practices and to stop the double standards, because the situation on the ground is no longer acceptable,” President Abbas was quoted as saying by Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

On a different topic, the three dailies quoted PLO Secretary-General Hussein Al-Sheikh as saying that President Mahmoud Abbas was in good health and doing his work as usual.

Al-Quds and Al-Ayyam said U.S. officials stated that President Joe Biden has postponed his visit to Palestine/Israel to the next month.

Al-Ayyam said 80 US Congressmen have asked Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to clarify the steps that the administration is expected to take concerning Israeli settlements and settler violence.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida said two Palestinian fishermen were injured yesterday in a gunfire attack by the Israeli navy while fishing off Gaza.

Al-Ayyam said that by okaying the displacement of more than a thousand Palestinians in Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron, the Supreme Israel Court was greenlighting the Israeli government to commit a war crime.


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