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Cablegate: Jerusalem Media Reaction (01/13): Palestinian Authority

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SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (01/13): Palestinian Authority
taking steps to improve national economy

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Main Stories:
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The dailies lead with headlines quoting Palestinian Authority (PA)
President Mahmoud Abbas reiterating that the Palestinians will not
resume negotiations with the Israelis before a full settlement
freeze, mainly in Jerusalem, for a particular period of time.

The dailies also front page news on PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
at the launching of the National Dignity Fund, an initiative between
the PA, civil society and the private sector to clean the
Palestinian markets of settlement products and to promote
Palestinian products. The participants collected donations from the
PA and the private sector worth $2 million in less than half an hour
to support the Fund.

The local press quotes Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Hanniyeh urging
Palestinian factions in Gaza to abide by the cease fire against
Israel. In related news, the dailies report on Egyptian Foreign
Minister Aboul Gheit criticizing Hamas for demanding that Egypt
officially recognize Hamas' right to govern Gaza and stating that
Egypt will not do so.

Al-Quds independent daily front pages news that the EU and US are
ready to provide urgent financial assistance to support the PA
budget. The report notes that after the meeting between Special
Envoy George Mitchell and EU representatives in Brussels yesterday,
the Norwegian Foreign Minister noted that "we will start the year
2010 by announcing that we are ready to support the PA budget."

PA official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reports that Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied news that Foreign Minister Gheit
said during a meeting with Arab and European Foreign Ministers that
Netanyahu agreed with Egyptian President Mubarak to discuss the
issue of East Jerusalem as a capital for the Palestinians.
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BLOCK QUOTE:
------------Adel Abdel Rahman writing in Al-Ayyam under the title
"The National Dignity Fund" opines that the establishment of this
fund is a strategic step to support Palestinian economic development
and encourage boycotting settlement products. Abdel Rahman calls for
for
more policy and strategic actions that will support the Palestinian
national economy and encourage Arab and foreign investments in
Palestine.


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