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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (October 24, 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:

Bahaa Awisat, a 22-year-old Jabel Mukaber resident, was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Monday for the attempted stabbing of a police officer in 2015. Further details


The German government has approved the sale of three Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel and will provide financial support for the purchase, government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference on Monday. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated his speech at the opening meeting of the Knesset's winter session on Monday to attacking his critics. Further details


Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit took a firm stand on Monday evening against legislation seeking to shield a sitting prime minister from police investigations, calling it an "absurd" bill proposal. Further details


Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman insisted on Monday that the five rockets fired at it by Syrian artillery cannons early Saturday were not the result of errant fire, but rather a direct order from Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, the IDF clarified: "We still don't know who fired on the Golan Heights." Further details


Fifty-one Palestinian residents of Isawiya, an east Jerusalem Arab neighborhood, were arrested overnight Sunday when hundreds of policemen and Border Policemen descended on the neighborhood as part of an operation to apprehend people suspected of terrorisms, rioting and other criminal acts. Further details


Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri said during his visit to Tehran that the terrorist group hopes to continue to receive Iran's support in their resistance against Israel and vowed they will never disarm, rejecting Israeli preconditions for any peace talks. Further details


Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked went toe-to-toe with coalition chairman MK David Bitan on Sunday over a legislation proposal that seeks to shield a sitting prime minister from police investigations. Further details


The Jerusalem Post:

Officials at Al-Quds University in east Jerusalem greeted Palestinian freshmen last week in front of a banner containing the likenesses of some of the most notorious terrorists in history. These included, according to the Palestinian Media Watch organization, Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, Islamic Jihad's Fathi Shiqaqi and Abu Ali Mustafa of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Further details


The chairman of the Hezbollah-affiliated Islamic center Al Mahdi in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) urged his supporters to wage “resistance” against Israel on Saturday, according to a report in the regional paper Neue Westfälische. Further details


efense Minister Avigdor Liberman has called for former IDF soldier Elor Azaria to be released from prison, saying: “I want to remind you that, in the end, this is a case of an outstanding soldier and a terrorist who tried to kill IDF soldiers. Further details


Hamas is "begging Iran" for help in its armed resistance against Israel, a senior Trump administration official said on Monday, addressing the visit of several Hamas leaders to Tehran over the weekend. Further details


President Reuven Rivlin received the credentials of four new ambassadors on Monday, and while he was happy to welcome all of them, his enthusiasm over the presence of Italian Ambassador Gianluigi Benedetti was almost boundless. Further details


The UK's Cambridge University has decided to discontinue its study abroad program in the West Bank after students complained about mistreatment by Israeli authorities. Further details


Israeli authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle thousands of military gloves destined for Hamas hidden in a shipment of clothing products, Israel’s Defense Ministry announced Monday. Further details


Police arrested 51 men suspected of disrupting public order in a large-scale operation early Monday in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiya. Further details


The breach in the West Bank security barrier shows that the southern area of the country is still vulnerable to terrorist attacks, Yesha Council security head Shlomo Vaknin said on Monday. Further details


The Times of Israel:

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Monday blocking the state from awarding contracts to companies that support boycotts of Israel. Further details


A top Hamas official defiantly rejected Israel’s conditions for recognizing Hamas-Palestinian Authority unity, noting that the very act he was committing — an official visit to Iran — went against the conditions. Further details


The Israel Defense Forces on Monday said it was not who clear who fired five rockets at the Golan Heights over the weekend, hours after Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman blamed the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah for the rocket fire. Further details


Palestinian company Wataniya Mobile said it will launch telecommunications services in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, offering customers a choice of providers. Further details


Three Gazan laborers went missing Monday morning while working in a tunnel on the Egyptian border, apparently kidnapped by Islamic State gunmen, but hours later were returned home safely, Gaza’s Hamas-run interior ministry and witnesses said. Further details


A Jerusalem court sentenced an Arab resident of the city to 16 years in prison for planning to carry out a stabbing during a wave of terror attacks in October 2015. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that Israel had officially signed a controversial purchase of three submarines from Germany that was stalled in the course of an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption and bribes to seal the deal. Further details


President Reuven Rivlin on Monday welcomed the European Union’s new envoy to Israel, hailing bilateral relations but also admonishing the organization for its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Further details


An attempt to smuggle thousands of military tactical shooting gloves into the Gaza Strip was thwarted by border crossing officials, the Defense Ministry said Monday. Further details


The Qatari envoy to the Gaza Strip, Muhammad al-Amadi, arrived overnight Monday in the Palestinian enclave, where he is expected to clarify his country’s stance on the ongoing Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation talks between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, Palestinian media reported. Further details


The Jerusalem Municipality will on Wednesday discuss and likely approve a plan to add 176 new housing units to Nof Zion, a Jewish neighborhood in the heart of Arab East Jerusalem. Further details


A television report claiming US President Donald Trump’s administration will shortly unveil a formal proposal for Middle East peace is unfounded, although talks are continuing, a senior US official told The Times of Israel on Sunday. Further details


The High Court of Justice rejected a petition from the residents of the illegal Netiv Ha’avot outpost to spare six of the 15 houses slated for demolition, and ruled on Sunday that all homes in the Etzion bloc neighborhood must be razed. Further details


A group of scholars affiliated with UNESCO criticized the agency for recent one-sided resolutions on Jerusalem, calling for a new approach to sensitive holy sites that takes into consideration everyone’s religious sensitivities. Further details


A Palestinian film festival says it has canceled the screening of a movie by a Lebanese-French director following pressure from activists, because he had shot a previous film in Israel. Further details


Israel National News:

Germany on Monday signed a deal to sell three submarines to the Israeli navy in an agreement of "strategic importance" to the Jewish state, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said. Further details


Judea and Samaria municipal leaders will set up a protest tent in front of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Jerusalem residence tomorrow, demanding the necessary budget be disbursed for community security components and paving bypass roads in Judea and Samaria. Further details


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman agreed with news reports on Monday that the rockets that exploded in the Golan Heights on Saturday were not a spillover from the civil war in Syria. Further details


Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday met Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas and endorsed the reconciliation agreement between Abbas's Fatah movement and longtime rival Hamas. Further details


The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Sunday blasted Hamas leaders for their statements against Israel. Further details


The city of Qalqilya, under PA jurisdiction, has recently erected a memorial and named a street in honor of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, MEMRI reported. Further details


Deputy Hamas leader Salah al-Aruri stressed on Saturday that the group would never agree to sever its ties with Iran and give up the armed struggle as prerequisites for talks with Israel. Further details


Press TV:

The US state of Maryland will be denying contracts to firms that boycott the Israeli regime, Governor Larry Hogan said. Further details


A descendant of the late British foreign secretary, who supported the creation of Israel in 1917 by putting his signature to a notorious declaration, said the regime is not honoring the terms of the document by mistreating Palestinians. Further details