Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press



CONDEMNATION IS NOT ENOUGH: Ben-Dror Yemini writes in Yedioth Ahronoth that the hooligans amongst the settlers are a small minority. But to shake them off, the settlers' leaders must stand with leftists and protect the Palestinians.

INTRODUCING SYRIA'S NEW ECONOMIC ELITE: Yitzhak Levanon claims in Israel Hayom that the new Syrian oligarchy is made up of eight tycoons, whose net worth is estimated at 5/7 billion dollars each, and who have pledged to help rehabilitate the state.

HOPING ISRAEL HIT THE IRANIAN TANKER: Professor Arie Eldad argues in Maariv that even if Israel was not involved in the missile attack on the tanker Sabiti, there is no reason to regret being blamed for it by Iran.

GANTZ'S ONLY COALITION PARTNERS: The Kahol Lavan party wants to prevent a situation in which Netanyahu continues to serve as prime minister for any length of time at any price, including at the expense of state security and economic stability, writes Amnon Lord in Israel Hayom.

DO NOT COUNT NETANYAHU OUT: Anshel Pfeffer proclaims in Haaretz that Gantz's chances of securing a coalition after Netanyahu capitulated may seem slim, but Israel has entered uncharted waters and suddenly everything is possible.

TRUMP'S DISGRACEFUL LETTER TO ERDOGAN: Alon Ben-Meir contends in The Jerusalem Post that the president of the United States, no less, is pleading for cessation of hostilities instead of demanding, in no uncertain terms, that Erdogan pull out his forces immediately from Syria or face dire consequences.


From Today's Arabic Press



TWOFOLD PLAN: After last week's sudden move out of Northern Syria, the White House has changed course yet again and is reportedly maintaining a limited troop presence in Syria, notes Tuesday's editorial in the Qatari-owned London-based, pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. These convoluted moves are allegedly meant to keep a hold of Syrian oil and protect Israel, but such moves will not have the intended effect.

SEARCHING FOR A NATIONAL STATE: The ongoing mass protests in Lebanon have threatened all hitherto sacred symbols, primarily Hezbollah, which is facing a revolt from within its own Shiite community, maintains veteran Saudi commentator 'Abderrahman al-Rashed in Tuesday's Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat. The protests demonstrate a common regional aspiration to a non-sectarian national state as part of the struggle against armed non-state actors and political corruption.

BAD NEWS FROM THE OFFICIALS: The pillars of Lebanon's political regime are struggling to understand and respond to the popular protests, writes Editor-in-Chief Ibrahim al-Amin in left-leaning pro-Hezbollah Beirut daily al-Akhbar. Each leader is pointing the finger at the others, and all are facing growing splits and internal pressures; meanwhile, the protest movement must continue down its path so as to keep up the pressure and shift the system beyond the latest proposed reforms

THE UNQUALIFIED HAVE APPOINTED THE INCOMPETENT: Lebanon's revolution must maintain a rational course so as not to lose momentum and wither, as has been the fate of many similar revolutions, counsels Sajan Qazi in the right-wing Beirut daily al-Joumhouria. The protestors have cut across sectarian lines but have not raised national demands, the important thing is to bring about change through legitimate and constitutional means.

NO COINCIDENCE: Iraq and Lebanon have offered a new example of popular protest, argues maintains Ahmad Sabri in Tuesday's Omani daily al-Watan. The danger comes from those who may be ready to suppress such protests by force.