RAMALLAH, April 26, 2012 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted on their Thursday issue front page statements made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to CNN, describing them as unprecedented.
“Netanyahu declares for the first time support for a contiguous, demilitarized Palestinian state,” says the top front page headline in al-Quds, the largest of the dailies.
“Netanyahu supports establishing a contiguous Palestinian state, Abu Rudeineh demands action, not only words,” says the main story headline in al-Hayat al-Jadida.
Al-Ayyam gave this issue less prominence but also stressed in the headline Netanyahu’s support for a contiguous Palestinian state.
The main headline in al-Ayyam was on the situation in Syria.
Other topics highlighted in the three dailies focused on the striking prisoners, stressing that their number, as they enter 10 days of hunger strike, has risen to 2000 as more prisoners join the protest action every day.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said April 30 is a decisive day in the prisoners’ hunger strike. It said an Israeli committee formed to look into the demands of the prisoners is supposed to give its response on that day and then the prisoners will determine whether to continue in the strike or to end it.
The papers also highlighted statements by President Mahmoud Abbas renewing his call on Arabs, Muslims and Christians to visit Palestine, which he said such visits help Palestinian steadfastness.
The dailies also printed on their front page a story by the French news agency, AFP, on Israeli attempts to evict Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem to replace them with Jews under the pretext the property was owned by Jews decades ago.
The same agency had also a story about West Bankers deported to Gaza speaking about their agony as a result of the deportation, as came in the story printed in the dailies.
The papers also wrote about Israeli generals watering down their concerns of a nuclear Iran.