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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (November 19, 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:

“Israel's” military said its missile defense system shot down four rockets fired from Syria toward Israel's north early on Tuesday. Further details

 

“Israel” on Monday welcomed the U.S. decision to no longer view its settlements in areas captured in 1967 as illegal, but said that it would remain ready to negotiate a final status agreement with “Israel”. Further details

 

Joint List co-chairman Ahmad Tibi interjected, calling on the Blue and White leader to condemn the killing of a Gazan family of eight - including five children - during an “Israel” Air Force raid on the home of a suspected Islamic Jihad commander Thursday last week. Further details

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said a minority government relient on Arab parties would be a “dream come true” for the “terror groups” Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as their sponsor Iran. His comments came with just hours left for his political rival, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, to form a coalition. Further details

 

“Israel” Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Monday hit back at U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders after the latter suggested that military aid to “Israel” should be conditioned on “Israel” changing its policy in the Gaza Strip. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reprobated on Sunday the possibility that Blue and White may form a minority government supported by the predominately Arab Joint List, calling it a 'historic national disaster'. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Sunday with the families of two M.I.A “IDF” soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, whose remains are held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas. Further details

 

President Reuven Rivlin berated on Sunday Blue and White leader MK Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over their inability to reach an agreement over the establishment of a unity government, saying a concurrence could be achieved if both parties put their personal differences aside. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that “Israel” has not “committed to anything” when it comes to the situation in Gaza as the fragile truce reached three days ago still holds. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

Four rockets, fired from Syria, were intercepted by Iron Dome missile defense batteries as they flew over the Golan Heights into Israel early Tuesday morning. The rockets set off a red alert alarm early Tuesday morning. Further details

 

Senior Republican lawmakers and conservative US organization voiced support on Monday following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement that America will no longer see the Israeli settlements as illegal, reversing a policy from 1978. Further details

 

In a historic reversal of US policy, the Trump administration announced on Monday that it does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The policy change was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. Further details

 

The Trump administration is isolating the United States internationally with its declaration that West Bank settlements are illegal, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted on Monday. Further details

 

A Palestinian photographer has lost his sight in one eye after he was hit in the eye with a bullet fired by an Israeli border policeman. Further details

 

Almost two years have passed since the Palestinian Authority started boycotting the US administration following President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israeli’s capital. Further details

 

Palestinian officials on Tuesday strongly condemned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that settlements are not inconsistent with international law and said the US has lost its credibility and can no longer play any role in the Middle East peace process. Further details

 

Right-wing Israeli politicians hailed the United State’s for recognizing their historic rights to Judea and Samaria, while Left-wing politicians accused it destabilizing the Middle East by politicizing the conflict with the Palestinians. Further details

 

Members of the 55-seat religious-Right bloc tried to convince Yisrael Beytenu Avigdor Liberman to return to them in a coalition led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but many obstacles remained on Monday. Further details

 

The “IDF” has not changed its policy of targeted assassinations and will strike at its enemies, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the cabinet at its weekly meeting, as the shaky cease fire understanding between Israel and Gaza headed into its fourth day. Further details

 

The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) and its president Jibril Rajoub have been consistently boycotting and calling for the boycott of Israeli athletes, as well as promoting incitement. Yet, although these behaviors represent a violation of FIFA rules, neither of them has faced appropriate consequences, the Israeli watchdog Palestinian Media Watch said on Sunday. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman met on Tuesday morning as coalition negotiations aimed at forming a unity government with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White came down to the wire. Further details

 

Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman warned that a minority government would be a “disaster” for "Israel", and asserted that a broad unity government was the only path forward for forestalling a third election in less than a year. Further details

 

The US declaration Monday that the settlements do not violate international law — reversing decades of American foreign policy — was, according to former Mideast peace negotiators, the logical next step of the Trump administration’s efforts to reframe the basis on which Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations take place. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief challenger Benny Gantz both lauded the US decision to repudiate its official legal opinion that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal Monday night. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday thanked US President Donald Trump for Washington’s decision to repudiate a State Department legal opinion that said West Bank settlements were illegal. Further details

 

US Democratic presidential candidates, including frontrunners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, on Monday condemned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the Trump administration was softening its position on Israeli settlements. Further details

 

The European Union on Monday denounced the Trump administration’s shift on settlement policy, making clear that the EU maintains its position that all settlements are illegal and undermine the peace process. Further details

 

The US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday issued a travel warning for Americans planning to visit Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, warning of Palestinian unrest in light of Washington’s settlement policy shift announced earlier in the day. Further details

 

The “Israel Defense Forces” on Monday launched a two-day surprise military exercise in northern Israel, the army said. Further details

 

In his latest efforts to prevent Blue and White chair Benny Gantz from forming a minority government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an “emergency meeting” on Monday of the 55-member bloc comprising his Likud party and other right-wing and religious parties that have vowed to support him as prime minister. Further details

 

Israel’s top Arab lawmaker on Monday accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of trying to “spark a civil war” by inciting violence against the Knesset member’s community, and his deputy had a heated exchange with the leader of the Blue and White party over criticism of the “IDF”, following last week’s fighting in Gaza. Further details

 

Leaders of the Blue and White party lambasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday for “inciting” against lawmakers of the majority-Arab Joint List, a day after the premier held a rally where he said a minority government backed by the party would be a terror attack. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused the lawmakers of the Joint List of seeking to “destroy the country” as he stepped up his verbal assault on the majority-Arab party, which the Blue and White party would have to rely on if it were to form a minority government in the three days it has left to cobble together a coalition. Further details

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