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Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press

 

HOW TO PROCEED

A LA GUERRE COMME A LA GUERRE: Giora Eiland writes in Yedioth Ahronoth that there are similarities between the national failure of the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the coronavirus crisis of 2020.

IN BEGIN'S FOOTSTEPS: Avi Bar'eli claims in Israel Hayom that Israel must diplomatically isolate the Palestinians through the autonomy proposed in the Trump plan under the label "state", without harming the settlements.

THE DISSAPEARING SHADOW OF PALESTINIANISM: Moti Karpel argues in Makor Rishon that more than hailing a new era in the Middle East, the agreements with the Emirates and Bahrain are harbingers of great tidings regarding the "Palestinian problem" – it is simply going away.

THE TALKS BEHIND THE AGREEMENTS: Shlomo Nakdimon states in Yedioth Ahronoth that the backchannel diplomacy between Begin and Sadat is indicative of the parley that led to the recent ceremony at the White House.

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW: Anshel Pfeffer proclaims in Haaretz that at a time when Israel is a world leader in the highest daily infection rates Netanyahu should be telling world leaders to avoid the series of mistakes he's made.

TURKEY DESERTING EUROPEAN ALLIES: Mordechai Kedar contends in The Jerusalem Post that Turkey's relationship with ISIS is proof of Erdogan's burgeoning Islamist tendencies.

 

From Today's Arabic Press

 

EGYPT: RISKS AND THREATS

ELIMINATING THE SUEZ CANAL'S ROLE: Anticipated regional economic projects in the wake of the UAE/Bahraini peace accords with Israel could pose a serious threat to the Egyptian economy, particularly the Suez Canal, notes Editor-in-Chief 'Abdelbari 'Atwan on Wednesday's London-based pan-Arab news portal www.raialyoum.com. Projected pipelines to Europe from the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, could bypass the Canal, costing Egypt a primary source of national income and challenging its ability to remain silent about Gulf/Israeli relations in the long run.

TALK OF THE TOWN: The debate over Israeli/Egyptian relations was not ended by the 1979 peace treaty between them, writes Egyptian commentator Mohammed Abulfadl on Wednesday's Emirates'-owned pan-Arab-news portal al-Arab. Egypt's military doctrine has long considered Israel as a primary strategic threat, and although this has shifted due to their cooperation in Sinai and the emergence of other threats in Libya and Ethiopia, it remains part of Egypt's strategic outlook.

MISTAKE, NOT BETRAYAL: In politics, there are critical and less critical dangers, and those adept at the art of politics can identify the most dangerous threat and rally to nullify it first and foremost, writes Muhannad 'Abdelhamid in the leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam. Oslo may have been a strategic mistake, but it was not a betrayal, and those Palestinian thinkers and intellectuals who want to destroy all of Oslo's products and achievements are wrong, because the primary goal now must be to direct all energies towards confronting the fatal threat emanating from the Trump administration's attempt to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

THE BROTHERHOOD OPTS FOR PARTICIPATION: It was not easy for the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood's Islamic Action Front to agree to participate in the November parliamentary elections since there may be little electoral gain from doing so, writes leading Jordanian commentator 'Urayb ar-Rintawi in Wednesday's Amman daily ad-Dustour. But as the Muslim Brotherhood has come under growing pressure across the region, Jordan remains one of the few safe havens open to it, and joining the elections keeps this option alive and allows the Jordanian state to sustain its historically 'balanced' approach to the movement.

THE COMING VACUUM: The French initiative to form a new Lebanese government is in intensive care, as French efforts struggle to contend with Washington's attempt to strangle Hezbollah and Iran, writes Editor-in-Chief Nasser Qandil in the pro-Damascus Lebanese daily al-Bina. Meanwhile, domestic turmoil and the specter of civil strife and electoral uncertainty have further occluded the U.S. scene, all of which suggests that matters may remain unresolved in Lebanon for a long time to come.