Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press



HOW TO PREVENT AN INTIFADA: Nahum Barnea in Yedioth Ahronoth explains that Netanyahu is free of American pressure. The defense minister is not hindering him. The foreign minister is not preaching morals to him. He can block, deport, annex. But he knows these actions will not lower the level of terror.

A DANGEROUS GAME: Ben Caspit in Maariv claims Netanyahu heard the warnings but did nothing. He who fosters Hamas in Gaza will get Hamas in Judea and Samaria and later the Tanzim, and then lose control. We are not there yet, but it is coming.

A WAY OF LIFE: Professor Eyal Zisser in Israel Hayom argues that in Ramallah "terror attacks" are considered a legitimate means of struggle against Israel, and that eradicating them must begin with combating the immense popularity of "terrorists" in Palestinian society. Regrettably, the PA is embracing them in order to stay relevant in the battle with Hamas for public opinion.

THE PROPER ANSWER TO TERROR: Orly Goldklang in Makor Rishon argues the way to stop the wave of terror attacks in Samaria is to block and build, restrict Palestinian freedom of movement, and create momentum in the settlements.

WEST BANK SPIRALS INTO VIOLENCE: Amos Harel in Haaretz claims Hamas is upping efforts to orchestrate attacks. The Israeli security coordination with 'Abbas' forces is in danger. The spate of recent attacks could inspire copycats and lead to a cycle of revenge and retribution.

A DELUSIONAL SOLUTION: Chuck Freilich argues on Ynet that since the 1970s, Israel's right wing has been flailing about, desperately seeking some magical formula to allow it both to annex the West Bank and preserve Israel's Jewish character.


From Today's Arabic Press



RELEASING FRUSTRATION: The recent Israeli attacks on PA symbols in the West Bank and the lack of any peaceful means by which Palestinian youths can vent their anger at the occupation are pushing the Palestinians over the brink and into a major uprising against Israel, says Rajab Abu-Siriyyeh in Friday's leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam. This may be a matter of days, weeks, or a few months at most.

MORE THAN ONE MESSAGE: The Palestinian resistance attacks on the West Bank yesterday (Thursday) confirm that Israel will not succeed in isolating Gaza from the rest of Palestine and that the resistance will encompass all Palestinian territories, maintains Ali Haidar in Friday's left-leaning pro-Hezbollah Beirut daily al-Akhbar. These attacks have also confounded Israeli PM Netanyahu's domestic political schemes and they may thwart the attempts to normalize relations with Gulf countries.

NETANYAHU'S FAILURE: What we are witnessing in the West Bank is a revolution to avenge the humiliation that the Palestinians have been subjected for so long with the collusion of the PA's security forces, says Editor-in-Chief 'Abdelbari 'Atwan on Friday's pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. And more seems to lie ahead.

FRAGILE YEMEN CEASEFIRE: The Stockholm negotiations between representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthis have resulted in a ceasefire agreement that calls for the withdrawal of all forces from Hodeida and its ports; but its implementation on the ground remains open to doubt, insists Friday's editorial in the Qatari-owned, London-based, pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi.

ISRAEL IS THE OBSTACLE TO DEMOCRACY: Israel has often claimed that there are inherent reasons why Arab societies are not amenable to democratic rule, notes 'Urayb ar-Rintawi in the Jordanian daily ad-Dustour. But recent developments have demonstrated that Israel is the main obstacle to freedom and democracy in the Arab world, with Arab tyrannical rulers finding that courting Israel and normalizing relations with it are the best way of securing Washington's support for them to remain in power.