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

Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay drew a great deal of criticism from the left Monday evening after saying he would not outright agree to the evacuation of settlements in the framework of a future peace agreement. Further details


Israel reportedly approved on Monday building plans for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the West Bank, according to anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now. Further details


Two weeks after the murder of Elkana resident Reuven (Moti) Shmerling in a terror attack in Kafr Qasim, senior Arab officials arrived on Monday for a condolence visit to the family's home in the West Bank settlement of Elkana. Further details


The two terrorists who carried out a shooting at the Sarona complex in Tel Aviv and an accomplice were convicted of the murder of four Israelis on Monday. Further details


Israel Border Policemen and the Israel Military Police arrested Sunday a 17-year-old Palestinian attempting to enter the Samaria Military Court while carrying in his underwear an explosive device. Further details


Israel's Execution Office presented the Ministry of Finance with a foreclosure order on NIS 500,000 in Palestinian Authority (PA) funds, to be received as court-mandated reparations for collaborators with Israel who were caught and tortured by the PA's security forces. Further details


While the election of Audrey Azoulay—a Jewish woman—as next leader of the UN's cultural agency was welcomed by many in Israel, it has done little to dissuade its government from following in the United States' footsteps and leaving the organization over its "anti-Israel bias." Further details


 Reuven Shmerling, who was murdered on the eve of Sukkot in Kafr Qasim, was recognized Sunday as a victim of terrorism. Further details


The Jerusalem Post:

The United Nations Human Rights Council has been pressuring Israeli telecommunications giant Bezeq to cut off its services to settlements, saying that the company is promoting the illegal communities and their expansion, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Further details


Zionist Union party chairman Avi Gabbay clarified his position on settlement evacuations Monday night after comments he made in a Channel 2 television interview sparked outrage by many on the left of the political dial in Israel. Further details


A rare 200-seat theater from the Roman period and eight large ancient stone courses have been unearthed under the Western Wall’s Wilson’s Arch by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Further details


Members of an Israeli-Arab delegation set to meet students in the United States have received threats from Arab media after The Jerusalem Post published plans of their public diplomacy mission. Further details


Zionist Union party chairman Avi Gabbay clarified his position on settlement evacuations Monday night after comments he made in a Channel 2 television interview sparked outrage by many on the left of the political dial in Israel. Further details


The security cabinet met Monday and discussed the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation pact but, despite a call by Education Minister Naftali Bennett to sever ties with the PA, issued no statement containing operative decisions. Further details


The Israel Police have repeatedly said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not a suspect in the so-called “submarine affair.” But that will soon change, his former finance minister, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, said on Monday. Further details


A Hamas official on Monday slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for not lifting sanctions he placed on the Gaza Strip, despite reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah advancing with the signing of an agreement to restore the PA ’s governing authority in Gaza. Further details


The Times of Israel:

Just one day after the Trump administration withdrew the United States from UNESCO over what it called its “anti-Israel bias,” two GOP lawmakers introduced a resolution that condemns the UN cultural organization and affirms Jewish ties to Jerusalem. Further details


Opposition lawmakers on Monday were quick to distance themselves from Labor chairman Avi Gabbay after he announced that he would not evacuate West Bank settlements as part of a future peace deal with the Palestinians, in what would be a major shift in policy for the center-left parties. Further details


Labor party head Avi Gabbay said he would not evacuate West Bank settlements as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians, in remarks that represent a dramatic break from the historical stance of the dovish party. Further details


Israeli officials have announced they will temporarily expand the fishing area for Palestinians off a sector of the blockaded Gaza Strip. Further details


The Jewish settlement in Hebron received building permits for 31 housing units Monday, marking the first time in 15 years that Israeli construction has been approved in the flashpoint West Bank city. Further details


Three Palestinians were convicted on Monday of murder for a deadly terror attack in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market in June 2016 in which four people were killed. Further details


Israel National News:

Zionist Union chief Avi Gabbay refused to retract his recent statements opposing the eviction of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in a potential future peace deal with the Palestinian Authority, despite blowback he received from his Labor faction. Further details


Exactly three weeks ago, an Arab resident of the Palestinian Authority murdered three Israeli security personnel at the back entrance to the town of Har Adar. Further details


Knesset members from the Zionist Union party distanced themselves on Monday evening from statements made by party chairman Avi Gabbay, who said earlier that he has no intention of evicting Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Further details


Larty Party leader Avi Gabbay stated that he has no intention of evacuating the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Further details


Press TV:

Israeli settlers have stolen the olive harvest of dozens of trees belonging to a number of Palestinian farmers from the occupied West Bank districts of Ramallah and Nablus. Further details


Israeli authorities have approved permits for 31 settler units in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) as the Tel Aviv regime continues to defy the international community by building more settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Further details


Israeli authorities have started construction work on a controversial settlement project in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, which they had previously halted over opposition from the former US administration. Further details