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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (September 6, 2018)
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Alray International Media Watch section is a daily press tour through selected international websites and newspapers, particularly the Israeli ones.


This section is prepared by Alray Palestinian Media Agency to update its viewers with the most Palestinian top news in the international press.

 

Yedioth Ahronoth:

The IDF has decided not to demolish the house of “terrorist” Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel from the village of Aqraba near Nablus who stabbed to death Adiel Kolman in Jerusalem’s Old City a year and a half ago amid his "mental state." Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, ordered the closure of Israel's embassy in Paraguay on Wednesday hours after the Latin American nation said it had decided to return its embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Further details

 

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday rejected an appeal against the demolition of a Bedouin village in the West Bank, ruling that its stay would expire in a week and the spartan encampment could then legally be torn down. Further details

 

Israel closed on Wednesday the Erez border crossing in the northern Gaza Strip following “violent riots” which erupted on the Palestinian side of the checkpoint on Tuesday. Further details

 

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte met with President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday morning and was greeted by several dozen demonstrators, who held signs and shouted at his convoy in protest of the visit. Further details

 

Joint List leader MK Ayman Odeh, met Tuesday with EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, and discussed with her the Nation-State Law approved by the Knesset last July, urging the EU official to condemn the legislation. Further details

 

Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett implied on Tuesday that Israel must “mow the lawn” in Gaza, employing a common metaphor used in reference to stopping attacks on Israel from the Hamas-ruled strip. Further details

 

The head prosecutor responsible for overseeing the corruption investigations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday that making a hasty and incorrect decision to recommend that the premier be indicted would be the “worst thing.” Further details

 

Gaza’s Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar openly admitted on Tuesday that the weekly “March of Return” protests staged on the Gaza border in recent months were intended to avert an internal crisis and divert pressure onto the Israelis. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

The fate of the United State’s peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the hands of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, US Ambassador to the United Nations told reporters in New York. Further details

 

Paraguay will move its embassy back to Tel Aviv, Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni said on Wednesday, less than four months after it followed the United States lead and moved its embassy to Jerusalem. Further details

 

US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace team is laying the groundwork for the release of its plan by offering meetings and briefings to interested Americans outside of government, including Jewish organizations and donors to both political parties. Further details

 

The Trump administration has “slayed the sacred cow of the calcified thinking that has held back progress on the Palestinian front,” US Ambassador David Friedman said Tuesday evening. Further details

 

Many Palestinians and Jordanians have expressed surprise over the renewed talk about a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation, saying they believe the idea is being floated as part of US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-unveiled plan for peace in the Middle East. Further details

 

Palestinian protesters in Ramallah have again burned photos of US President Donald Trump and US Ambassador David Friedman. Further details

 

The UN called on Israel not to demolish the West Bank herding village of Khan al-Ahmar, after the High Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the IDF can legally evacuate it after a weeklong wait. Further details

 

Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump's chief envoy to the Middle East peace process, disseminated sharp words in three different languages concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that it "is not, as many have claimed, the core conflict of the region." Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

At a cabinet meeting in January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to gradually take over the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Further details

 

A member of the Hamas security forces was killed Wednesday in an accidental explosion in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian terror group reported. Further details

 

The Palestinian Authority will “immediately” open an embassy in Paraguay, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Wednesday, as Ramallah feted the country’s decision to move its Israeli embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv. Further details

 

The United States on Wednesday denied a report that US President Donald Trump had offered to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly later this month. Further details

 

American rock group Of Montreal has become the latest musicians to pull out of Israel’s Meteor festival in Israel, accusing the Jewish state of “apartheid” and urging more activism. Further details

 

UN Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned Wednesday that the razing of a Bedouin village in the West Bank is a violation of international law and would blunt efforts to reach a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Further details

 

Less than four months after Paraguay ceremoniously opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, the South American country said Wednesday it would return it to its original location in Tel Aviv, sparking Israeli anger over the surprise decision. Further details

 

Germany’s most populous state is set to open a representative office in Israel, the state’s minister-president, Armin Laschet, announced this week during a visit to Jerusalem. Further details

 

A majority of Israelis support ceasefire talks with Hamas, according to a poll released Wednesday, but oppose any deal with the Gaza-based terror group that does not include the release of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers it holds. Further details

 

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday rejected a petition to prevent the demolition of a West Bank Bedouin village, bringing a seeming end to a years-long legal battle to prevent the community from being evicted. Further details

 

Israel announced the temporary closure of its sole pedestrian crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after the border terminal was damaged during “clashes” between Israeli troops and Palestinians. Further details

 

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Tuesday reiterated his denial that a ceasefire agreement had been reached with Israel, saying that hostilities will not end until the blockade of the coastal enclave has been lifted. Further details

 

The United States has “thrown more than $10 billion” in aid to the Palestinians, but that spending has brought the region no closer to peace or stability, the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman charged Tuesday, in an address explaining why US President Donald Trump thought it was important to halt US funding to UNRWA, the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency. Further details

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