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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (June 27, 2019)
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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:

Palestinians on Wednesday poured scorn on the Trump administration’s $50 billion investment plan to help achieve Middle East peace, but U.S. Gulf Arab allies said the economic initiative had promise if a political settlement is reached. Further details

 

Former prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak announced Wednesday evening the establishment of a new party - years after he retired from politics. Further details

 

The Trump administration's $50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians cannot succeed without addressing the political elements of a Middle East deal, international financial chiefs and global investors said Wednesday in comments that pushed back on the U.S. insistence that the two must be separated. Further details

 

Growth in the West Bank and Gaza has to be focused on creating jobs, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday, as she discussed the U.S. administration's $50 billion economic plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Further details

 

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Tuesday that prosperity for the Palestinians was not possible without a fair political solution - but that agreement on an economic way forward was a necessary precondition for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Further details

 

Palestinians burned effigies of President Trump and marched a donkey pasted over with images of Gulf royals in the West Bank on Tuesday, as the U.S. prepares to open its conference in Bahrain, which focuses on the economic portion of the White House’s long-awaited plan for Mideast peace. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

The Palestinian Authority welcomed Oman’s decision to open an embassy in Ramallah. Further details

 

Former prime minister Ehud Barak made a political comeback at age 77 on Wednesday, forming a new party whose goal is to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud. Further details

 

 It is easy to be against things, and much more difficult to state what you are for, and then detail it, US top official Jared Kushner said to his critics on Wednesday at the end of the “Peace to Prosperity” workshop. Further details

 

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) raised $110 million for Palestinians at a pledging conference in New York on Tuesday, on the same day that the US held an economic workshop for Palestinians in Bahrain. Further details

 

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera apologized to President Reuven Rivlin for allowing Palestinian officials to accompany him during his “Temple Mount” visit on Tuesday. Further details

 

The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies passed a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. Further details

 

Palestinians part of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Movement published pictures on Facebook of their protest in Bethlehem against the Bahrain summit and the "Deal of the Century," on Tuesday, which included strong anti-Trump and anti-Israel sentiment, Palestinian Media Watch reported. Further details

 

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Maj.-Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon shared a video telling the Palestinians in Gaza that “terrorism” prevents them from having increased electricity hours. Further details

 

The Palestinians should look to the bright future offered them by US President Donald Trump’s peace plan and stop their boycott of it, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Further details

 

The United Nations is holding an international conference on the status of Jerusalem on Thursday. Further details

 

'Price tag' vandals graffitied private homes and damaged at least ten vehicles over Wednesday night, according to B'Tselem. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said Wednesday he has never had any reason to criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or the Israeli government for their policies on the Palestinians. Further details

 

The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies passed a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. Further details

 

Israel’s decision to stop fuel shipments bound for Gaza Strip’s sole power plant has significantly exacerbated the existing power shortage in the coastal enclave, Mohammed Thabet, a spokesman for the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company, said on Wednesday. Further details

 

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on Wednesday met with his Palestinian Authority counterpart Shukri Bishara and PA Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh for regular talks on ongoing economic cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians. Further details

 

Incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip started 19 fires in southern "Israel" on Wednesday, according to authorities. Further details

 

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said Wednesday that the door remained open to the Palestinians to engage in a peace plan, as he accused Palestinian Authority leadership of failing its people. Further details

 

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera apologized Wednesday to President Reuven Rivlin for visiting the “Temple Mount” in Jerusalem’s Old City accompanied by Palestinian officials, Rivlin’s office said. Further details

 

Bahrain sees the US-led economic workshop taking place in Manama this week as a possible “gamechanger” tantamount in its scope to the 1978 Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, the Gulf state’s foreign minister said Wednesday, also firmly backing Israel’s right to exist. Further details

 

The head of FIFA promised Wednesday to build more soccer fields in the West Bank and Gaza as he joined a US-led economic workshop in Bahrain on drawing investment. Further details

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s diplomatic affairs adviser has welcomed Oman’s decision to open a diplomatic mission in Ramallah. Further details

 

Stability and security are critical to the success of a $50 billion US economic plan for the Palestinians that focuses entirely on infrastructure and development, omitting political aspects that are key to resolving to long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict, international financial chiefs and global investors said Wednesday. Further details

 

The sultanate of Oman announced Wednesday it will open an embassy in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Further details

 

Businessmen, reporters, five rabbis and a senior White House official held rare morning prayers at the only officially declared synagogue in the Gulf Wednesday, on the edges of a peace conference being held in the tiny gulf kingdom that was once home to a thriving Jewish community. Further details

 

The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday censured the Chilean government after President Sebastian Pinera toured the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City with senior Palestinian officials, a move that Israel said undermined its sovereignty over the eastern part of the capital city. Further details

 

More than $110 million was raised Tuesday at a pledging conference to support the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, which has been struggling since the United States slashed funding. Further details

 

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on United Nations member states Tuesday to fund the agency that works to help Palestinian refugees as he opened a donors conference for the body, which is boycotted by the US. Further details

 

Kicking off the Trump administration’s international peace conference in Bahrain Tuesday, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said his plan for the Middle East was “the opportunity of the century” for the Palestinians but their acceptance was a precondition to peace. Further details

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