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Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press

 

RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

ALIBI: Nahum Barnea asserts in Yedioth Ahronoth that the bombastic headlines about an imminent war do not reflect the situation on the ground.

INCITEMENT IS BACK: Nadav Shragai claims in Israel Hayom that Hamas is once again igniting East Jerusalem with the "Al-Aqsa is in danger" blood libel.

A FULL-BLOWN INTIFADA: Yoni Ben-Menachem argues in News1 that the head of the Shin Bet has issued Sinwar a warning, which was rejected outright.

NETANYAHU'S REVOLUTION: Ari Shavit stresses in Makor Rishon that an attempt to carry out a dramatic regime change without receiving a clear mandate from the people will be blatantly illegitimate.

NEW GAMBLE: Amos Harel proclaims in Haaretz that the new American proposition in the Lebanon maritime talks, to which Israel agrees, carries risks.

GROUND ZERO: Douglas Altabef contends in The Jerusalem Post that it is time Israel asserted its sovereignty over its holiest site, Temple Mount.

 

From Today's Arabic Press

 

WORDS BELIED BY DEEDS

TURNING TO THE U.S.: While declaring to the international community from the UN podium that the two-state solution is the best way to resolve the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, the Israeli PM quickly resorted to brutal deeds on the grounds in the West Bank inconsistent with his words since he realizes that that is the only way he can win the votes he needs to remain in office, observes Palestinian commentator Talal 'Awkal in the leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam. But such actions are likely to lead to Palestinian reaction in the form of resistance attacks.

HAPPY ROSH HASHANAH: The Ramallah PA's response to incursions into al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers and the attacks on Jenin by Israeli forces is bizarre to say the least, contends Jordanian commentator Hazem 'Ayyad on the Qatari-owned pan-Arab news portal www.arabi21.com. Instead of loudly denouncing these incursions and attacks and activating Palestinian bodies and contacts to end them, PA President Mahmoud 'Abbas was trying hard to contact the Israeli PM to wish him a happy Jewish new year, thereby further alienating itself from the Palestinian street.

CROCODILE TEARS: As expected, the Iranian leadership blamed foreign powers of being behind the protests that occurred in Iran in the aftermath of the death of Iranian-Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini while in police custody, says Friday's editorial in the Qatari-owned London-based, pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. But Iranian leaders had better keep in mind that the occurrence of protests is an indication of political problems that must be addressed instead of being suppressed.

PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE: The "collective West" is exploiting the Amini case as part of its attempt to bring down another regime it dislikes by misrepresenting the facts and staging psychological warfare, maintains Bassam Abu 'Abdallah in Friday's semi-official Syrian daily al-Watan. In focusing on the issue of women's rights in Iran, it covers up the fact that Iranian women participate in all aspects of economic, political and cultural life, and that their rights are enshrined in Iran's institutions and traditions.

UNTRUSTWORTHY ALLIES: Conspiracies are apparently being hatched in the Yemeni Presidential Council in Riyadh with the aim of excluding the Southern Transitional Council (STC) from it, claims Yemeni commentator Salah al-Saqlidi in Friday's Southern Yemeni Aden al-Ghad. The Muslim-Brotherhood-affiliated Islah Party is extorting the Saudis by threatening to join ranks with the Houthis; so far, however, the STC's resistance and the UAE's vocal objections have prevented these conspiracies from bearing fruit.