Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press


An Iranian Victory

SERIOUS AFFAIR, MINIMAL DAMAGE: Ronen Bergman in Yedioth Ahronoth suspects that alleged Iranian spy, former minister Gonen Segev, probably was not a very beneficial asset for Iranian Intelligence, but his recruitment illustrates the extent of Tehran’s intelligence effort in Israel.

THE MOST SENIOR SPY TO ACT AGAINST ISRAEL: Yoav Limor in Israel Hayom claims Segev’s exposure is an achievement, since he worked alone in a foreign country, but he spied for the Iranians many years until he was caught and probably managed to cause damage.

THE BATTLE AGAINST KITES AND BALLOONS: Yoni Ben-Menachem on News1 claims terror kites and balloons are launched from homes in the strip, with the civilian population used as human shields, rendering the youthful perpetrators immune. Israel should use targeted assassinations against their commanders.

TRUMP COULD CHANGE THE SITUATION IN GAZA: Shalom Yerushalmi in Makor Rishon equates Gaza with North Korea; a country suffering strife and hunger that becomes a security threat. Trump has begun dismantling the North Korean mine, maybe we should try the same in Gaza?

A VICTORY FOR IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE: Amos Harel in Haaretz stresses that if the charges against Gonen Segev are true, they show how important Israel is to Iran and raise questions about Israeli counterintelligence.

STEPPING UP RESPONSE TO KITE TERROR: Ron Ben-Yishai on Ynet argues that if Hamas will not stop children and youth from dispatching kites, the IDF’s next target in Gaza will be people, instead of military assets.


From Today's Arab Press


Turning point in Yemen

MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC BATTLE: The battle for Hodeida will determine the course of the Yemeni crisis, argues Syrian commentator Hamidi al-‘Abdallah in Tuesday’s pro-Damascus Lebanese daily al-Bina’. If the Saudi-led Arab coalition succeeds in capturing the city, the war will last even longer since the Ansarullah would be fighting for their survival; and if the coalition fails, it will be under greater pressure to reach a just solution for the crisis.

TURNING POINT: The Arab coalition’s sole aim is to speed up a political solution that puts an end to the Houthis’ usurpation of power, maintains Tuesday’s editorial in the Emirati daily al-Khaleej. But the coalition is making every effort not to harm Yemeni civilians, which is why the Hodeida battle is proceeding at a gradual and carefully calibrated pace.

No barter, no deal: As the U.S’s Middle East envoys prepare to visit the region and pave the way for presenting the administration’s ‘deal of the century’ by securing Gulf financing for its initial stages in the Gaza Strip, Egypt is clearly expected to play a major role in convincing the Strip to join this ‘deal,’ argues Editor-in-Chief ‘Abdelbari ‘Atwan on Tuesday’s pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. But it will prove impossible to convince the Palestinians to barter their cause and land for measures that make their daily lives easier.

From bridge to wall: The violence with which the PA’s law-enforcement agencies put down last week protests in Ramallah calling for an end to the PA’s sanctions on Gaza is truly shameful, says leading Jordanian commentator ‘Urayb ar-Rintawi in Tuesday’s Jordanian daily ad-Dustour. The Palestinians now have no option but to ‘break’ a PA that is blocking their path to confronting the Israeli occupation, one that has turned from a bridge to the Palestinian state into a wall that stands in the way of achieving it.

The need for a deterrent: The daily violations of Lebanon’s airspace by Israeli warplanes – most recently the U.S.-made F-35 stealth bomber – highlights the fact that the country’s defense strategy should not focus on disarming the resistance as demanded by Washington and its allies, argues Lebanese commentator Hassan ‘Ulleiq in the left-leaning pro-Hezbollah Beirut daily al-Akhbar. It should focus instead on the means of strengthening the current defense strategy by enabling the resistance to deter Israel from violating Lebanese airspace.