Search

 

Cablegate: Jerusalem Media Reaction (08/28): Conflicting Reports About

VZCZCXRO3265
OO RUEHROV
DE RUEHJM #1555 2400913
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 280913Z AUG 09
FM AMCONSUL JERUSALEM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5906
RHEHAAA/WHITE HOUSE WASHDC
RHEHNSC/WHITE HOUSE NSC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/DIA WASHDC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RUEADWD/DA WASHINGTON DC//DAS-ZD/DACS-ZK//
RUEAHQA/CSAF WASHINGTON DC//POLAD//
RHMFIUU/CMC WASHINGTON DC
RHMFIUU/CNO WASHINGTON DC//POLAD//
INFO RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE
RUEHTU/AMEMBASSY TUNIS 7837
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 4809
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 4657
RUEHNC/AMEMBASSY NICOSIA 6150
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 4576
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 3155

UNCLAS JERUSALEM 001555

SIPDIS

STATE PASS BBG
STATE FOR NEA, NEA/IPA, NEA/PPD
WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESS OFFICE, SIT ROOM
NSC
CMC WASHINGTON DC FOR POLAD

JERUSALEM ALSO FOR ICD
LONDON FOR HKANONA AND POL - TSOU
PARIS ALSO FOR POL
ROME FOR MFO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KMDR KPAL KWBG KPAO IS

SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (08/28): Conflicting reports about
a US-Israeli agreement on settlements

-------------
Main Stories:
-------------

The three dailies front-page news refuting earlier reports that the
US reached an agreement with Israel about a partial freeze of
settlement activities. Al-Ayyam quotes Palestinian Authority
Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina praising US efforts, but
denying that any concrete agreements between the US and Israel were
made. Al-Quds cites US government sources saying that the US
believes that a freeze of settlement activities must include East
Jerusalem. Al-Ayyam also runs a separate front page story citing an
unnamed US official hinting that there might be some flexibility
concerning a freeze in settlement activity.

The local press highlights the "Elders" visit to the West Bank
village of Bil'in, the site of weekly demonstrations against the
barrier being built between Israel and the West Bank. The headlines
quote former President Jimmy Carter calling on the Israelis to
remove all settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to help
create an independent Palestinian state.

All three dailies run front page coverage of the restrictions
imposed by the Israeli police on West Bank Palestinians wishing to
enter Jerusalem to pray on Fridays during Ramadan. Only men over the
age of 50 and women over the age of 45 may enter the
city.-------------
BLOCK QUOTES:
-------------

1) Saleh Al-Qallab opines in Al-Quds independent daily under the
title "Palestine...from the Chaos of the Revolution to the
Discipline of the State" (08/28): "The Palestinians will join the
negotiations that are supposed to resume after Barack Obama launches
his promised peace plan during the UN General Assembly in September.
They will go to the negotiations carrying with them the West Bank
model as a weapon to face Israeli allegations and stalling tactics.
Security is sustained, and chaos no longer exists. The PA now
controls everything in the West Bank. The forthcoming independent
state would be able to fulfill all of its commitments in any
security or non-security agreements that signs with Israel."
2) Rasmi Abu-Ali opines in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida independent daily
y
under the headline "Even If It's for One Olive Tree" (08/28):"Now
[PA Prime Minister Salam] Fayyad doesn't want to wait for
negotiations to start building an independent Palestinian state ...
He suggests that we try and light a candle instead of cursing the
dark. He suggests that we start building what we can build from the
current infrastructure. And here he calls for a kind of radical
cultural transformation - the transition from the violent conflict
mentality to the construction and building mentality - despite all
the impossible circumstances surrounding the Palestinian people."

WALLES

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

ALRANZ: Denounces US Senate Confirmation Of Judge Barrett

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa denounces the US Senate’s confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court seat formerly held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. “This action demonstrates the rank hypocrisy of the once-respected upper chamber ... More>>

OECD: COVID-19 Crisis Puts Migration And Progress On Integration At Risk, Says

Watch the live webcast of the press conference Migration flows have increased over the past decade and some progress has been made to improve the integration of immigrants in the host countries. But some of these gains may be erased by the COVID-19 pandemic ... More>>

Reporters Without Borders: Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing Marred By Barriers To Open Justice

After monitoring four weeks of evidence in the US extradition proceedings against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates concern regarding the targeting of Assange for his contributions to journalism, and calls ... More>>

OHCHR: Stranded Migrants Need Safe And Dignified Return – UN Migrant Workers Committee

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers has today called on governments to take immediate action to address the inhumane conditions of migrant workers who are stranded in detention camps and ensure they can have an orderly, safe and dignified return to ... More>>