RAMALLAH, Tuesday, March 29, 2022 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today highlighted the visit to Ramallah yesterday by King Abdallah of Jordan and his meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida daily printed the story of the summit along half of its front page and quoted President Abbas saying Jordan and Palestine, same concerns and same hopes.
It also quoted King Abdallah II saying the region cannot have security and stability without a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue.
The paper printed a picture of the two leaders walking the red carpet at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.
Al-Ayyam daily had more or less the same headline as al-Hayat al-Jadida, and printed a picture of the two leaders chatting, while the third daily, al-Quds, said in its main front-page story headline: “The King in Ramallah”, and printed a picture of President Abbas standing between the Jordanian monarch and Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdallah II.
Al-Quds said the Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem urged King Abdallah to pressure Israel to prevent their expulsion from their homes, which Israel wants to turn over ownership to Jewish settler groups.
While the Palestinian-Jordanian news occupied the top quarter of the front page of al-Quds daily, the other top quarter-page was dedicated to what the paper described as “a ‘historical’ summit in Israel”, in reference to the meeting the Naqab desert of the foreign ministers of Israel, the United States, Egypt, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
The paper quoted Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh saying the meeting in the Naqab is a free reward for Israel. “Arab normalization meetings without ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine are just an illusion, a mirage, and a free reward for Israel,” he said yesterday at the weekly cabinet meeting.
It also said that Palestinian factions and forces have condemned the Naqab meeting.
In other local news, the three papers said Israeli settlers carried out several attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the occupied territories, torching and damaging at least 65 Palestinian-owned vehicles.
They also said fascist Israeli lawmaker Itamar Bin Gvir intends to break into Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday, which could provoke trouble, as warned by Palestinian and Muslim officials.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida published a story about Petra Hotel in Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate square of the Old City, which is being threatened with takeover by Israeli settlers with support from the official Israeli establishment.
The war in Ukraine continued to occupy front-page space in the Palestinian dailies.