From Today's Israeli Press
SILENCE IS GOLDEN
GANTZ IN A FUNK: Amit Segal in Yedioth Ahronoth avows that immediately after his first elections utterance, Benny Gantz was quite despondent because these are not normal elections.
THE BIG QUESTION: Yossi Beilin in Israel Hayom writes that political developments in the coming months hinge on the center-right parties intent to leave a future Netanyahu government only in the event that his hearing fails to cancel the indictment.
THE IDF CASTRATED: Yehuda Wald in Arutz 7 argues that legal issues have taken over military discourse, weakening IDF fighters on the ground. The new chief of staff's mission is to refocus the IDF on its central mission.
GANTZ'S SALIENT MESSAGE: Menachem Ben in Maariv claims the Nation-state bill makes it difficult for Israel's most upstanding citizens to love the country and die for it, as the glorious Druze soldiers have – sadly – done time and again.
WHAT KOCHAVI IS INHERITING: Amos Harel in Haaretz proclaims that the army's problem with truthful reporting is more serious than senior commanders would like to admit.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BENNETT: Amotz Asa-El in The Jerusalem Post argues that political secession almost always fails, and that of self-serving Bennett, who just wants to be defense minister, will be no exception.
From Today's Arabic Press
FOCUSING ON THE OCCUPATION
NO CONFLICT: Israel and its supporters in the U.S. have been promoting the lie that there is no Israeli/Palestinian conflict, that the real conflict in the region is with Iran, and that Israel is forced to maintain its control of the Palestinian and Arab lands so as to ensure their security against the Iranian threat, notes Mohammad Yaghi in Friday's leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam. But these claims are just a pretext for Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands.
POMPEO'S DECLARATION: Washington's plan to launch a new global anti-Iran alliance from Warsaw next month is the latest ambitious U.S. scheme for the region, whose real aim is to divert attention away from the need to find a just resolution for the Palestinian problem, says 'Abdelazim Hammad in Friday's left-of-center Egyptian daily Ashurouq. But this latest attempt to portray Iran as the main threat to the Arabs in the region is likely to face the same fate of its predecessors.
A FEDERAL ALTERNATIVE: Since there appears to be no hope that Hamas and Fatah will ever overcome their split, and since neither party can subdue the other, and since the signs are that the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are heading towards total separation, the least bad scenario may be that of a federal union similar to Iraq's Kurdistan Province, argues 'Urayb ar-Rintawi in Friday's Jordanian daily ad-Dustour. This would not achieve real unity; but it would prevent a total and irrevocable divorce, at least.
THE AMERICAN ROLE: Even though the U.S. forces' presence in Syria is merely symbolic, it has succeeded in putting limits to the movement of all parties involved in the Syrian conflict, argues 'Udeid Nassar in the Qatari daily al-Arab. This has been made clear by the recent tug-of-war regarding who will fill the vacuum left by the departure of U.S. forces, a departure that is now open to doubt after the Manbij suicide attack, but which may ultimately prove to be beneficial to the U.S.'s long-term strategy.