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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (February 27, 2020)
Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (February 27, 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:

Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended foreigners' entry for the Umrah pilgrimage and tourism from countries where the new coronavirus has spread, as a growing number of cases outside China deepened fears of a pandemic. Further details

 

Some 8,000 people attended a rally in the southern city of Be'er Sheva on Wednesday evening, calling for an Israeli citizen and the bodies of two “IDF” soldiers killed in a war six years ago to be returned. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Bernie Sanders was wrong to call him a racist during a debate among contenders for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination, but shied away from attacking the senator in return. Further details

 

“Israel” is set to open all crossings on the Gaza Strip border and expand the fishing zone off the enclave’s coast to 15 nautical miles, the military confirmed on Wednesday. Further details

 

Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday lashed out at Jewish presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for what he called his "horrifying comment" about potentially returning the U.S. embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Further details

 

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said at a party debate Tuesday that he would consider moving the U.S. embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv if elected president. Further details

 

A week before the elections, an Israeli-American mapping team toured the overlook near “the West Bank city of Ariel” on Monday, before “Israel” is set to apply its sovereignty on the territory as part of U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Middle East. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he is moving forward with a plan to build some 3,500 homes in the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim in the E-1 area of the West Bank, a project frozen after international criticism. Further details

 

The UN Security Council made a rare show of unity Monday when it called on all parties to maintain their support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

“Israel” will reopen the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings with the Gaza Strip as of Thursday, if the calm continues, the “Defense” Ministry’s Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced on Wednesday afternoon. Further details

 

Reports in the Arab media disclose that Mossad head Yossi Cohen – during a secret visit last week to Qatar to lobby on behalf of Hamas for additional funds for the impoverished Gaza Strip – also tried to meet with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. If this is true, it is in fact very good news. Further details

 

The rocket fire which Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad can rain down on “Israel” today is far greater now than it was in 2014, former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo said on Tuesday. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday Bernie Sanders was wrong to call him a racist during a debate among contenders for the US Democratic presidential nomination, but shied away from attacking the senator in return. Further details

 

 Senior Blue and White MK Yair Lapid warned on Wednesday that “Israel” would cease to be a democracy if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is able to form a coalition after the election and pass a retroactive immunity from prosecution law to protect himself. Further details

 

Blue and White Party leader MK Benny Gantz opened up a fierce broadside against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night, accusing him of a conducting a “hate crime against democracy” and of engaging in a campaign of slander against him and his party colleagues. Further details

 

The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories [COGAT] Major General Kamil Abu Rokon met with the Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi and the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov in Jerusalem on Tuesday, according to Kan news. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu crossed a diplomatic redline Tuesday when he announced he would advance plans for the construction of 3,500 homes in an undeveloped area of Ma’aleh Adumim known as E1. Further details

 

A new study shows that a fifth of German academics want the right to reject “Israel’s” existence on college and university campuses as part of free speech. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

Several thousand people participated in a Beersheba rally Wednesday night calling for the government to do more to secure the return of two Israeli civilians and the bodies of two soldiers held by the Hamas terror group" in Gaza. Further details"

 

Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears about a new viral epidemic just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move coming as the Mideast has over 220 confirmed cases of the illness. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a restrained response Wednesday when asked about US Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders calling him a racist during a primary debate on Tuesday. Further details

 

“Israel’s” two-day battle with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad “terror group” this week was its tenth major round of fighting in the Gaza Strip in the past two years. Further details

 

Another former worker at the Prime Minister’s Residence is suing Sara Netanyahu for mistreatment, Channel 12 reported Wednesday. Further details

 

The United Nations Middle East peace envoy condemned Israel’s recent advancement of construction plans in the West Bank and East Jerusalem that he said would effectively cut the West Bank in two and isolate some Palestinian neighborhoods. Further details

 

Several vehicles in the West Bank village of Yasuf were damaged by vandals in the overnight hours between Tuesday and Wednesday in an apparent hate crime. Further details

 

 Dramatically stepping up his attacks on his rival days before the national election, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz furiously lashed out at Netanyahu on Wednesday, accusing him of “lying” and “inciting” against him and tearing at the fabric of Israeli society. Further details

 

“Israel’s” plan to build new settlement homes in a contentious area of the West Bank would destroy the prospect of a two-state solution, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Wednesday. Further details

 

Foreign Minister “Israel” Katz on Wednesday slammed US Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders for his “shocking” remark at Tuesday’s party debate that, if elected president, he would consider moving the US embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv. Further details

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