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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (September 17, 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:

The polls opened across “Israel” at 7am on Tuesday morning as 6,394,030 eligible Israeli voters began casting their ballots for the second time in six months on the make up of the next Knesset - and the prime minister who will lead it. Further details

 

Honaida Ghanim, general director of The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR), believes that “Palestinians are following with great concern the election because many decisions concerning… the future of the dream of a Palestinian state will be taken in this election. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he intends to apply Israeli sovereignty on West Bank settlements in Hebron, the largest Palestinian city, if he is reelected in Tuesday’s election. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement of his intention to annex areas of the West Bank following next week's elections shows Israel is becoming a "racist, apartheid regime", Turkey's foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. Further details

 

Defense officials were outraged by Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that he intends to annex the Jordan Valley. Further details

 

The leader of the Joint List of Arab parties, Ahmad Tibi, lashed out at a senior member of the far-right Yamina party Bezalel Smotrich on Monday, calling him a “racist garbage” live on air. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

Minister Aryeh Deri [Shas] caste his vote in Har Nof, Jerusalem on Tuesday and told reporters on location, "There's a real danger of a secular Leftist government being formed [after the elections]." Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu almost ordered the “IDF” to go to war in the Gaza Strip, which would have postponed the general elections slated for Tuesday, Haaretz reported on Monday. Further details

 

Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to lead the nation to a hurried military operation in Gaza following his abrupt departure from a pro-Likud rally in Ashkelon last week, Maariv reported on Monday. Further details

 

The District Court of the Hague will hold a hearing on Tuesday about whether a war crimes case against Benny Gantz is admissible relating to his command decisions during the 2014 Gaza War. Further details

 

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman placed his vote on Tuesday morning in the West Bank “town of Nokdim”. Further details

 

U.S. diplomats in Dublin and Berlin pressed lawmakers and officials in Ireland and Germany to oppose bids to boycott “Israel” or the Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Further details

 

“Israel” is confident that a Dutch court, which is hearing a case against Benny Gantz for alleged war crimes during the 2014 Gaza War, will dismiss the charges, Deputy Attorney-General (International Law) Roy Schondorf told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday morning as the hearing was in session. Further details

 

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the public live on social media on Tuesday and warned that the elections "are not a game [this is] the fate of the country." Further details

 

The Palestinians condemned the Israeli government on Sunday for holding its weekly cabinet meeting in the Jordan Valley, and accused it of “undermining any chance for achieving a just and everlasting peace based on international legitimacy and the two-state solution.” Further details

 

Self-proclaimed Jordanian opposition leader Mudar Zahran was denied entry into “Israel” on Thursday. Further details

 

Palestinians are worried about the outcome of Tuesday’s Israeli parliament (Knesset) election. Many say they believe the results will have a direct and major impact on their daily lives and future aspirations. Further details

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas vowed that within a year no Palestinian patient would need to receive medical treatment abroad. Further details

 

Yamina and Yisrael Beytenu complained of irregularities at polling stations in the first hours of voting Tuesday. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes to Facebook for his first live broadcast of the day, and warns that “if you don’t go to vote, [Arab Joint List leader] Ayman Odeh will succeed in bringing me down. Further details

 

US diplomats in Dublin and Berlin pressed lawmakers and officials in Ireland and Germany to oppose bids to boycott “Israel” or the Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Further details

 

French President Emmanuel Macron and Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday said they “share concern” over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to annex West Bank areas, and reiterated their position that “there is no alternative to a two-state solution.” Further details

 

Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota called on Israelis to vote against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview broadcast Sunday by CBS News. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly sought a meeting earlier this year with Qatar’s foreign minister, but the Gulf emirate turned down the request. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s push last week for significant military action in the Gaza Strip after a rocket fired from the territory forced him to take cover was reportedly forcefully opposed by top defense officials. Further details

 

Former high-ranking generals-turned-politicians on Monday accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of seeking to exploit security issues for political gain, after a report suggested that the premier had planned to launch a military operation last week in the Gaza Strip that could have delayed Tuesday’s elections. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has reportedly recorded messages in advance of Tuesday’s elections warning of high voter turnout in “left-wing strongholds” and among Arab Israelis. Further details

 

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh chaired a weekly meeting of his cabinet on Monday in the Jordan Valley and vowed his government will support the development of Palestinian agriculture in the region. Further details

 

Residents of the central West Bank village of Duma woke up on Monday to find four homes graffitied with Hebrew hate slogans and tires slashed on five cars in the latest apparent hate crime targeting a Palestinian town. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, met with the head of the Central Elections Committee last week to warn him that Tuesday’s elections could be delayed due to an imminent war in the Gaza Strip, according to the Haaretz daily. Further details

 

The “Israel Defense Forces” on Monday announced that it was shutting down all crossings into Israel from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for Tuesday’s national elections, as is “standard practice during Jewish and national holidays”. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said his plans to annex West Bank settlements after the upcoming election include the settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Jewish enclaves in Hebron. Further details

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