From Today's Israeli Press



THE CONSPIRACY THAT WAS NOT: Sima Kadmon in Yedioth Ahronoth analyzes President Rivlin conferring upon Netanyahu the task of forming Israel's next government, and the chances of Lieberman thwarting him.

LEBANON ON LAND AND IN THE SEA: Itzhak Levanon claims in Israel Hayom that Israel must solve two big crises with Lebanon – a conflict regarding the land border and another pertaining to the maritime border.

THE KOCHAVI MODEL: Yossi Yehoshua writes in Yedioth Ahronoth that after 100 days in office, the chief of staff is presenting his vision for the IDF headlined by a multi-dimensional unit integrating different capabilities, an innovation division focusing on combat methods, and a directorate for coordinating targets in each sector.

GIVE TRUMP A CHANCE: Dr. Yechiel Shevi argues in Arutz7 that the Trump administration, which analyzed Palestinian conduct in the past 25 years, has concluded that their leadership is part of the jihad axis.

THE TRUE COST OF ANNEXATION: David Rosenberg proclaims in Haaretz that Bibi, a status-quo man forced into action, has created new risks for Israel by opening a Pandora's Box he should have known to keep shut.

IS TRUMP THE FIRST PRO-ANNEXATION PRESIDENT?: Tovah Lazaroff claims in The Jerusalem Post that Trump seems oddly blasé about Israeli West Bank settlement building, and a diplomatic window for expanding sovereignty has opened for Netanyahu.


From Today's Arabic Press



A PROVOCATIVE MOVE: Washington has formally recognized Israel's annexation of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and has just published a map that includes them as Israeli territory, notes Editor-in-Chief 'Abdelbari 'Atwan on Thursday's pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. But these lands have been and will always be Syrian, and the Syrian people will seek to liberate them sooner or later, despite Arab collusion and U.S./Israeli arrogance.

TIME TO TAKE A STAND: Washington is likely to soon announce its so-called 'deal of the century' to resolve the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, but its prospects of success are negligible due to its architects' background and beliefs and Arab and Palestinian opposition to its likely substance, predicts Musa Shatewi in Thursday's Jordanian al-Ghad. The U.S.'s regional allies are likely to face severe embarrassment as a result.

THREAT TO THE CAUSE: The Palestinians are facing their toughest challenges yet, says Thursday's editorial in the UAE daily al-Khaleej, but rather than negotiate fruitlessly with the Israelis, the Palestinian leadership would do better to mend fences at home. All in all, it is time for everyone to stand up and be counted.

THE STRUGGLE FOR SUNNI LEADERSHIP: Turkey and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a titanic struggle for supremacy over the Sunni World, with Ankara's sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood on the one hand, and Riyadh's Wahhabi ideology on the other, says Wafiq Ibrahim in Thursday's pro-Damascus Lebanese daily al-Bina'. This struggle is now being played out in Libya, Iraq, and elsewhere, and it appears to be replacing the Saudi/Iranian conflict as the main regional fault-line.

DISMANTLING THE BROTHERHOOD STATE: Thirty years of Bashir's rule have entrenched a Muslim Brotherhood regime deep in the bowels of the Sudanese state, says Sudanese commentator 'Othman Mirghani in Thursday's Saudi Asharq al-Awsat. Much more needs to be done at very short notice in order to ensure that the provisional military council does not revive this insidious regime.