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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (October 26, 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:

US Vice President Mike Pence is planning a trip to Israel in December when the country celebrates the festival of Hanukkah, it was announced by the White House Wednesday night. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday acceded to a request for resignation by attorney Yitzhak Molcho, the Israeli premier's close associate and special representative for negotiations with the Palestinians and others. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu permitted MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) to visit with his son Shlomo the Temple Mount on Wednesday on the occasion of his marriage, following the groom's request to tour the holy site with his father before the wedding. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Wednesday to earmark NIS 800 million in the upcoming budget for bolstering security provisions in the West Bank during a meeting with heads of settler movements. Further details


The discussion at the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on a contentious bill proposal to shield a sitting prime minister from police investigations has been postponed by a month. Further details


Police Spokeswoman Merav Lapidot rejected on Wednesday reports that the Prime Minister's Office was "stalling for time" when asked to set a date for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be questioned by police. Further details


The majority of the Israeli public opposes a Likud bill proposal that seeks to shield a sitting prime minister from police investigation, according to a recent poll conducted for Yedioth Ahronoth. Further details


Gaza's Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar claimed on Tuesday that Hamas' military wing was in good shape, adding that, as of today, they are capable of firing at Tel Aviv in 51 minutes as much as they had fired at it in all 51 days of Operation Protective Edge. Further details


Palestinian activists have built a monument to the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the West Bank. Further details


The Jerusalem Post:

Ministers are set to vote on Sunday on a controversial Jerusalem bill that would annex 19 West Bank settlements to the city of Jerusalem and downgrade the status of three Arab neighborhoods of the city that are beyond the security barrier. Further details


A confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called a proposal by Hamas Gaza head Yahya Sinwar that the PLO should control all Palestinian weapons “important and positive,” suggesting that this may lead to a resolution of the contested issue of Hamas’s weapons. Further details


The Israel Police arrested a 24-year old man Wednesday night for possession of an illegal weapon and ammunition in east Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina neighborhood. Further details


Ali Mohammed Al-Qaisi, a Palestinian prisoner serving 21 years for security offenses in an Israeli prison, became a father for the third time — even though he has not seen his wife, Haifa, for a year. She gave birth to a boy, Ghaith, using Ali's sperm, which was smuggled out of the prison. Further details


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that the Palestinian leadership does not want to see "types of armed militias" in the Gaza Strip. Further details


Theophilos III, the Greek patriarch of Jerusalem, in his first meeting with Pope Francis, expressed concern on Wednesday over what he calls a “disturbing new situation in the Holy Land.” Further details


The Times of Israel:

The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday night gave notice that it will soon raze the West Bank home of one of the terrorists who murdered Reuven Schmerling in the Israeli Arab city of Kafr Qassem earlier this month. Further details


A United Nations blacklist of companies operating in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights reportedly includes some of the biggest Israeli and international firms. Further details


US Vice President Mike Pence announced Wednesday that he will travel to Israel and Egypt in late December at President Donald Trump’s request. Further details


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is stopping in Israel during a Middle East tour focused on combating terrorism. Further details


Relatives of Yosef, Chaya and Elad Salomon, who were stabbed to death in the Halamish settlement in July, filed a petition to the High Court of Justice Wednesday, demanding the destruction of the entire home of the terrorist responsible for the murders. Further details


The construction of an underground barrier around the Gaza Strip, meant to thwart Hamas attack tunnels, is proceeding on schedule, said Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who visited the area on Wednesday. Further details


Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin forced the cancellation of a tour of a cemetery in the city because it was to be led by a left-wing interfaith group. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief negotiator and personal envoy Yitzchak Molcho officially resigned from his duties Wednesday after 10 years of service. Further details


The peasants and farmers wing of the Communist Party of India joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel earlier this month. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a meeting Wednesday with settler leaders, promised to invest NIS 800 million ($228 million) in West Bank roads and infrastructure development. Further details


Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh had a rare phone call Wednesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, during which the two men spoke about the ongoing reconciliation talks between rival Palestinian factions to end a decade-long conflict. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a special dispensation to Likud lawmaker Yehudah Glick to visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with his son Shlomo ahead of the latter’s wedding on Wednesday. Further details


Ministers are scheduled to vote next week on a bill that calls for expanding the Jerusalem municipal boundaries to include four major settlements and a settlement bloc in the West Bank that are home to over 100,000 Israelis. Further details


Jerusalem authorities on Wednesday approved a major expansion of a Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem, signing off on plans to add 176 homes, the city’s deputy mayor said. Further details


Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a key Hamas leader in the West Bank and one of the organization’s most influential figures, said Tuesday that the much-lauded reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah “is only a media event.” Further details


Hamas will not dismantle its military wing, the terror organization’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, said on Tuesday. But he added that Hamas’s weapons should be subject to the authority of the Palestine Liberation Organization, an organization dominated by the rival Fatah group. Further details


Israel National News:

Fox News quotes a Media Line news agency report according to which at least 63 children have been born since 2003 via in-vitro fertilization with sperm smuggled from Arab terrorists being held in Israeli prisons. Further details


In recent weeks, some 130 Israeli companies and another 60 international corporations have received letters from the current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordan’s Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, warning them that they are being “blacklisted” for “acting contrary to international law and UN decisions." Further details


U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Israel and Egypt in December, the White House said on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. Further details


In a petition submitted today, Wednesday, to the Supreme Court, the Salomon family is demanding the complete demolition of the house of the terrorist who brutally murdered three members of the family in their Neve Tzuf home in July. Further details


IDF soldiers reported that a suspicious vehicle with an Arab driver attempted to run them over near the town of Halamish in Samaria Wednesday evening. Further details


Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan instructed police this afternoon to close down a conference organized by PA officials that was to be held this afternoon at the Saint George Hotel in central Jerusalem. Further details