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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (January 16, 2020)
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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:

Israeli military on Wednesday launched a series of air strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired by the Palestinian militants in the Hamas-controlled enclave hours earlier. Further details

 

Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Wednesday that if Israel succeeds in imposing "an unthinkable solution" by annexing parts of the West Bank, hopes for a two-state solution and Palestinian state would quickly come to an end. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party confirmed Wednesday afternoon it has offered the 20th spot on its list of Knesset candidates - considered at present a fairly safe seat - to a defector from the Blue & White party. Further details

 

Rocket alerts sirens sounded in Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon, for the first time since the start of the year. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday put pressure on the religious-Zionist parties to the right of his Likud party to unite ahead of the March 2 elections. Further details

 

Hundreds of police and Border Patrol troops began demolishing two illegally built structures in Kumi Ori, an outpost outside the settlement of Yitzhar Wednesday. Further details

 

Amnesty International will ask for a court order on Thursday to revoke the export license of the Israeli cyber-security company NSO Group, the human rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Further details

 

The Jewish Home party approved on Monday to run as a joint list with the radical-right Otzama Yehudit party. Further details

 

Police forces on Monday raided a Jerusalem residential complex where dozens women and children were living in slave-like conditions, some for up to 10 years, in what is believed to be a Haredi cult. The leader of the alleged cult, a rabbi in his 60s, was arrested. Further details

 

The foreign minister has postponed a visit to Dubai this month due to security concerns, diplomats said on Sunday, linking the decision to Iran-U.S. tensions. Further details

 

The possibility of war in 2020 has risen, says a new report published this week by the Institute for National Security Studies, a think tank at Tel Aviv University. Further details

 

Egypt began importing gas from “Israel's” largest offshore gas field, Leviathan, on Wednesday, a step Cairo hopes will help it become a regional energy hub. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

Palestinian officials in Ramallah have expressed deep concern over reports that Israel and Hamas are close to reaching a long-term ceasefire agreement in the Gaza Strip. Further details

 

The Hamas terrorist group called for Palestinians to protest against Israeli "violations" at religious sites in Jerusalem and the West Bank by performing Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Ibrahimi mosque at the Cave of the Patriarchs, along with mosques in the West Bank and Gaza. Further details

 

The Civil Administration demolished an illegal Palestinian structure in the hills south of Hebron on Thursday. Further details

 

“Israel” started exporting natural gas to southern neighbor Egypt on Wednesday, the energy ministers of both countries said. Further details

 

Palestinian residents of the West Bank city of Jenin opened fire at “IDF” vehicles on Thursday morning, according to Palestinian media. Further details

 

A one-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would only perpetuate violence between the two peoples, Jordan’s King Abdullah warned, as he addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Further details

 

The “IDF” attacked targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, hours after four rockets were fired into Israeli territory from Gaza, according to a statement from the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Further details

 

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit formally backed Knesset Legal Adviser Eyal Yinon on Wednesday, in a legal brief to the High Court of Justice, regarding Yinon’s handling of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s immunity request. Further details

 

A small number of Muslim worshipers caused disturbances in Jerusalem on the “Temple Mount” Tuesday evening. Further details

 

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien told Axios on Sunday that the White House's release of US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" had nothing to do with the timing of neither “Israel's” election on March 2 or potential Palestinian elections. Further details

 

Pursuant to his pledge to eradicate illegal Palestinian building in Area C of the West Bank, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday appointed Kobi Eliraz to head a task force to accomplish that goal. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

The Israeli Air Force launched a series of strikes on Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Wednesday evening in response to rocket fire on Israeli communities hours earlier, the military said. Further details

 

An amusement park in the southern Gaza Strip recently unveiled a train ride that seeks to simulate a journey from the isolated coastal enclave to Jerusalem’s Old City, home to a number of Islamic holy sites. Further details

 

A Jewish organization in Ukraine said that the number of anti-Semitic incidents documented there last year decreased by 27 percent over 2018. Further details

 

“Israel” has started pumping natural gas to Egypt from two massive offshore fields, marking a major milestone and a historic cooperation between the countries, according to a joint statement. Further details

 

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday hailed the start of Israeli natural gas exports to Egypt from two offshore fields, telling Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi it could help deepen ties between the countries. Further details

 

Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Wednesday that Israel has been trying to “impose an unthinkable solution” on the Palestinians, lamenting that hopes were fading for the two-state solution backed by the international community. Further details

 

Amnesty International said Tuesday it will petition the courts to revoke the export license of NSO Group, an Israeli firm that makes phone spyware that the rights group says is being used to violate civil rights around the world. Further details

 

Security forces razed a pair of illegally built settler homes in a flashpoint outpost in the northern West Bank early Wednesday morning. Further details

 

A House bill introduced Tuesday would extend penalties for boycotting “Israel” to compliance with boycotts organized by international organizations. Further details

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