Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (July 12-13, 2017)
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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 Security Cabinet voted Wednesday to freeze a plan to build thousands of new housing units in the Palestinian city of Qalqilya. Further details

 

Tzur Goldin, brother of Hadar Goldin, gave an interview with Ynet in which he discussed his family's new campaign to exert pressure on Hamas to release the captured IDF soldiers, including his brother's body. Further details

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called newly-elected Labor party chairman, Avi Gabbay, to congratulate him on his victory in a 20-minute phone call on Wednesday. Further details

 

Senior IDF officers explained to Ynet that the plan to expand the city of Qalqilya had received all the necessary permits and was approved by the government a year ago. Further details

 

Despite the fact that the number of attempted stabbing attacks has reached an all-time high in Hebron since the wave of terror, the IDF has created a system enabling it to prevent every one without causing injury to a single Palestinian would-be terrorist or soldier. Further details

 

British war surgeon David Nott was back in the Gaza Strip this week to share with local doctors specialist knowledge he has amassed from working in conflict and disaster zones over the past quarter-century. Further details

 

An Israeli Arab and a Palestinian will be charged with negligent homicide after smuggling into Israel the terrorists behind an attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem a month ago. Further details

 

US President Donald Trump’s special advisor and Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt told a Palestinian delegation in Jerusalem Tuesday that Israel had committed to slowing down the pace of construction in the West Bank during peace negotiation, according to a report published in the London-based Arabic newspaper. Further details

 

The family of Suleiman Shaluf, a Tulkarem resident who was shot dead Monday night when he broke into an elderly man's home in Moshav Beit Yitzhak in the Sharon region, finds it hard to believe the chain of events portrayed by the homeowner and the police and has presented a different version of what led to the tragic outcome. Further details

 

IDF troops came under attack at the Jenin refugee camp overnight Tuesday, with Palestinian terrorists throwing dozens of explosives at them. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

Keeping the Jewish Cemetery on the Mount of Olives safe is a national priority, Construction Minister Yoav Gallant said on Wednesday, on a tour at the site to oversee its security condition. Further details

 

Israel could lose its voting rights in the United Nations General Assembly within two years if it makes good on its pledge not to pay its annual $10.7 million bill as a protest gesture. Further details

 

Avi Gabbay’s election as Labor Party leader is “good news” for all Israeli citizens because it inspires hope to change the government, a leading Arab politician said on Wednesday. Further details

 

Spanish judges scrapped motions favoring a boycott of Israel that were passed last year by two city councils. Further details

 

The security cabinet meeting on plans to build thousands of housing units in Kalkilya in Area C, that part of the West bank under total Israeli control, ended late Wednesday night with no decision, and a pledge to keep discussing the issue. Further details

 

US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace team told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that settlement construction must be limited, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said he was informed on Tuesday by the American team. Further details

 

The UN's special envoy to the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, has some simple advice for the US team currently exploring ways to move the Mideast diplomatic process forward: aim low. Further details

 

An IDF commander signed an order on Wednesday to detain Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian lawmaker, for six months without trial, an IDF spokeswoman confirmed. Further details

 

Gaza will be unlivable in three years the United Nations warned amid an ongoing electricity crisis, as the 2 million Palestinians in the Strip struggle to live on three hours of power a day. Further details

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will pay a state visit to China from July 17 to 20 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, announced Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tuesday. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

International pressure on the Palestinian Authority to halt payments to the families of Palestinians held in Israeli jails, including those convicted of deadly terror attacks, could trigger a political crisis, rights groups say. Further details

 

Senators united Wednesday on the need to end the Palestinian Authority’s practice of providing welfare payments to the families of convicted terrorists, but several were not sure whether the Taylor Force Act, which aims to do just that, is acceptable in its current form. Further details

 

 A United Nations official stationed in Jerusalem warned Israel that the current energy crisis afflicting the Hamas-run Gaza Strip is having a devastating effect on the local population, and will eventually negatively impact Israelis too. Further details

 

The security cabinet decided late Wednesday night to temporarily freeze a proposal allowing the building of up to 14,000 housing units in the West Bank Palestinian city of Qalqilya. Further details

 

Israel on Wednesday denied that it agreed to a slowdown in settlement construction as part of any future peace talks. Further details

 

Touring a West Bank settlement, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman defended his proposal to allow Palestinians to expand the city of Qalqilya Wednesday, ahead of a cabinet meeting on the plan scheduled for that night. Further details

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Avi Gabbay Wednesday evening to congratulate him on his election as chairman of the Labor Party. Further details

 

Israeli soldiers operating in the West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen, after coming under fire and being attacked with multiple explosive charges. Further details

 

Israel National News:

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) on Wednesday night spoke in the Knesset about UNESCO's recent decision to declare Hevron and the Cave of the Patriarchs (Mearat Hamachpelah) an "endangered" "Palestinian heritage" site, saying that Arab MKs and UNESCO should read the Bible and the [empty] book of Palestinian history. Further details

 

Palestinian “terrorist” Khaled Rajoub admitted under interrogation that his primary motivation to attempt a terror attack was to get his family compensation from the Palestinian Authority (PA). further details

 

The Political-Security Cabinet did not vote on Wednesday evening on the plan for the expansion of Qalqilya at the expense of parts of Area C, freezing the plan for the time being. Further details

 

Ahead of the cabinet meeting tonight, Wednesday, on the expansion of the city of Qalqiliya within Area C, the head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, Shlomo Ne'eman, sent a letter to the cabinet ministers demanding that the discussion be broadened to include what he called "an end to the land grabs and Arab takeover of Area C in Judea and Samaria." Further details

 

The United Nations envoy to the Middle East, Nikolay Mladenov, claimed that, despite US wishes, there is no real possibility that Israel will normalize relations with Arab states before a comprehensive agreement with the Palestinian Arabs. Further details

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