From Today's Israeli Press
BLUE AND WHITE
THE FAB FOUR: Nahum Barnea contends in Yedioth Ahronoth that Gantz, Lapid, Ya'alon, and Ashkenzi will quickly learn that in an election campaign there is no such thing as collective leadership. It will either be Gantz, or it will not be at all.
THE ANTI-NETANYAHU GENERAL'S ALLIANCE: Amnon Lord affirms in Israel Hayom that the military establishment has been opposed to Netanyahu's positions all along. The United General's Front is the political expression of the opposition they exhibited while still in uniform.
THE KAHANISTS ARE OK: Haggai Segal argues in Makor Rishon that Kahane's disciples are not anathema to Religious Zionism. They serve in the Army faithfully and fulfill all their Zionist obligations. If they are good enough to pray with in synagogue, they are good enough for a joint Knesset slate.
THE UNITED HUNGARIAN FRONT: Sima Kadmon states in Yedioth Ahronoth that the alliance between Gantz and Lapid was inevitable. Their personal chemistry was the deciding factor. Turns out the two silver haired Hungarians like each other.
CAN GANTZ PULL A TRUMP?: Aluf Benn writes in Haaretz that similar to Trump, Gantz's secret was accurately reading the current sentiment among his potential supporters. But the road to the Prime Minister's Office remains perilous.
HAMAS'S APRIL ACTIVITY: Charles Bybelezer claims in The Jerusalem Post that though it may be foolish, Hamas' recent conduct is no laughing matter. Confluence of sensitive circumstances and events could spell trouble come springtime.
From Today's Arabic Press
IRAN'S NEW FRONT
THE NEXT DESTINATION: While many observers are speculating about the next destination for ISIS and the other salafi/jihadi terrorists after losing their strongholds in Syria and Iraq, the Pakistani/Iranian borders are rarely mentioned as the most important possibility, notes 'Urayb ar-Rintawi in Friday's Jordanian daily ad-Dustour. Such a prospect fits well with the American, Western, and regional anti-Iran campaign, and with the attempt to carry the battle into the Iranian heartland.
RETALIATORY ATTACKS: Saudi Crown-Prince Mohammad bin Salman's visit to Pakistan amidst warnings from senior Iranian officials against Pakistani/Saudi collusion in fostering terrorism inside Iran suggests that Iranian/Saudi tensions have reached extremely dangerous levels, and that Iran may be preparing to retaliate accordingly, warns 'Abdelbari 'Atwan in Friday's pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com.
IN THE GULF'S INTEREST: Rather than fall in line behind the U.S., whose main concern is to protect its own interests in the region, and demonize Iran, the Gulf Arabs should accept that Iran is a geographic reality that will not disappear, and that their interests lie in fostering good neighborly relations with it, urges 'Abdullah al-'Imadi in Friday's Qatari daily Asharq. It is time for the Gulf Arabs to develop their own strategies for promoting stability in the region and not have their policies dictated by distant foreign powers.
THE WEST'S CULPABILITY: Western researchers into the phenomenon of Islamic and Arab terrorism have preferred to shut their eyes to the West's own role in empowering and enhancing the influence of terrorist groups, argues Mohammad Yaghi in Friday's leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam. Rather than examining the Qur'an to explain why thousands of Muslims join terrorist groups, they should be investigating the real role that Western policies have played in strengthening these groups.
STRIPPING BIN LADEN OF HIS CITIZENSHIP: By being compelled to face the problem of taking back European ISIS members imprisoned in Syria, Europe is now confronting the consequences of its previous tolerance for extremist ideas promoted by Islamist ideologues whom it had provided shelter for, argues Fares bin Hizam in Friday's Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily al-Hayat.