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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (December 5, 2019)
Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (December 5, 2019)
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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:

Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Liberman said Wednesday that all efforts to form a government, either a unity government or a narrow right-wing government, have been exhausted and that “Israel” is going to elections. Further details

 

American sanctions and subsequent domestic unrest over the economy are weakening Iran's fundamentalist regime and the world should act to weaken it further, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday as he met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Portuguese capital. Further details

 

Egypt is pressing “Israel” and Hamas, the “terrorist” organization that controls the Gaza Strip, to agree to a five-year ceasefire deal, Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds reported Wednesday, citing Palestinian officials. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed on Wednesday morning his main political rivals the Blue and White party for failing to make any concessions and said if “Israel” was to hold a third election in 12 months, he would emerge victorious. Further details

 

A U.S. charity building a tent hospital in the Gaza Strip is causing Palestinian unease by offering foreign medical volunteers the opportunity of weekend tourism in “Israel”, just across the volatile border. Further details

 

The French National Assembly has passed a bill on Tuesday which rules that anti-Zionism is a modern form of anti-Semitism, with 154 lawmakers voting in favor of the bill while 72 voted against. Further details

 

Likud and Blue and White traded accusations on Tuesday, after what appeared to have been an unsuccessful meeting aimed at narrowing the gaps on a unity government. Further details

 

As the Christmas decorations go up in Manger Square, Bethlehem is preparing for its best Christmas for two decades, the town's mayor and hoteliers say. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

Yisrael Beytenu Avigdor Liberman announced on Army Radio and Yediot Ahronot that he believes no government is possible and it's time for elections. He believes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz are to blame. Further details

 

President Reuven Rivlin will consider pardoning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in exchange for the PM retiring from political life and confessing to the crimes of which he is accused, Channel 12 reported Wednesday night. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized on Wednesday to hold a Likud leadership race on Sunday, December 22, 11 days after the Knesset would be dispersed if no government is formed, Channel 12 reported. Further details

 

A British newspaper published an op-ed by the influential philosopher Slavoj Zizek that appears to defend Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn against allegations of antisemitism. Further details

 

Musa Dudin, a senior Hamas official in charge of the “prisoner portfolio” in the “terror movement”, revealed on Thursday that Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, Sweden and Germany were involved in an attempt to mediate a prisoners swap between Israel and Gaza lately, according to Channel 12. Further details

 

The Coordinator of Government Affairs in the Territories instructed the Bank of Israel to stop allowing shekels in the Palestinian Authority from being exchanged into other currencies, such as dollars, according to Maariv. Further details

 

Eleven EU countries, plus Latin American powers Brazil and Colombia, voted for the first time against a resolution that has passed every year since 1977 mandating a special “Division for Palestinian Rights” inside the UN Secretariat, devoted to promoting the Palestinian narrative against Israel. Further details

 

A mutual defense treaty between the US and “Israel” would not restrict Israel’s freedom of operation, Michael Makovsky, president and CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), told The Jerusalem Post. Further details

 

Senior officials from the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, and the Islamic Jihad, are taking part in Egypt's strategic talks, which included offers of a five-year ceasefire between “Israel” and Hamas, Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds reported on Wednesday. Further details

 

Building permits in settlements in the “Samaria district” have increased by 50% over the past five years, the head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi said on Wednesday. Further details

 

Anti-Zionism is a form of antisemitism, France’s National Assembly determined on Tuesday, voting on a resolution calling on the government to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. Further details

 

While many on the Left have compared the US practices along the Mexican border as being reminiscent of Nazi concentration camps, US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) went with another controversial comparison – Gaza. Further details

 

Mahmoud al-Habbash, a top Palestinian Authority religious official, claimed that Herzl wanted to send Palestinians "to Africa, so wild animals [would] eat them," and that "Balfour was an antisemite,” according to a report released by Palestinian Media Watch, a watchdog organization devoted to monitoring comments made on Palestinian media. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

Yisrael Beytenu party leader MK Avigdor Liberman declared that he will no longer agree to join any narrow government, and that a unity government with the two largest parties was no longer an option, a position that all but certainly condemns the country to a third round of elections within a year. Further details

 

Yisrael Beytenu party leader MK Avigdor Liberman declared that he will no longer agree to join any narrow government, and that a unity government with the two largest parties was no longer an option, a position that all but certainly condemns the country to a third round of elections within a year. Further details

 

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday lamented the “troubled time” for Israel after months of political deadlock, accusing leading politicians of seeming to prefer “to go crazy” rather than compromise on a government. Further details

 

Two of Yisrael Beytenu’s eight lawmakers were reportedly pushing party leader Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday to join to a narrow right-wing government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the event coalition talks fail to yield a unity government. Further details

 

A senior Hamas member on Thursday said five countries took part in recent efforts to broker a prison swap between the Gaza-ruling “terror” group and “Israel”. Further details

 

“Defense Minister” Naftali Bennett has thrown his support behind an initiative to construct an artificial island port off the coast of Gaza, ordering the “IDF” to conduct a feasibility study into the project, Channel 12 reported on Saturday. Further details

 

Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Thursday called for a military coalition of Western and Arab nations, headed by the United States, to intimidate Iran into curbing its missile development and its “aggressiveness.” Further details

 

Israeli officials are hopeful that a breakthrough in normalizing relations with Morocco can be achieved in the next few days, Channel 12 news reported Wednesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hoping to use the news to bolster his political chances. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is to begin discussions on holding a party leadership primary that is expected to see the first real challenge to the premier’s leadership in 14 years. Further details

 

The cabinet approved a NIS 40 million ($11.5 million) budget to boost security in the settlements earlier this week after Environmental Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin edited out a clause in the decision stipulating that the funds be used for legal purposes only, the minister confirmed Wednesday. Further details

 

A senior White House official has reportedly urged several Arab states in the Middle East to sign non-belligerence agreements with Israel as a step toward normalizing relations with the Jewish state. Further details

 

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday and offered his condolences to him on the death of a well-known Fatah member, the official PA news site Wafa reported, marking a rare sign of contact between the two. Further details

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