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Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press

 

DE FACTO ANNEXATION

NO NEGOTIATIONS, NO BORDER CORRECTIONS: Amnon Lord asserts in Israel Hayom that any government willing to compromise with Hezbollah in return for a ceasefire will lose all justification for its existence.

EVERYTHING WAS CLEAR FROM THE START: Former Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo claims in N12 that a level-headed and courageous leader would have understood on the morning of October 7 what needs to be done.

SYSTEMS BREAKDOWN: Ofer Shelah argues in Ynet that the Yom Kippur War failure pales in comparison to the findings of the probe into the kibbutz Be'eri disaster on October 7.

BIG IDF, SMALL IDF: Gideon Dukov stresses in Makor Rishon that General Fox's retirement speech represents the deep dark hole that Israel finds itself in.

ADMINISTRATIVE ENEMA: Michael Sfard proclaims in Haaretz that Smotrich has completed Israel's annexation of the West Bank.

DE-POLITICIZING THE HOSTAGES: Yaakov Katz contends in The Jerusalem Post that there is one issue that needs to be the priority now for Israel.

 

From Today's Arabic Press

 

ON THE BRINK OF A BREAKDOWN

MICROCOSM OF A WAR: The Hezbollah/Israeli front, which is supposed to be an auxiliary front in support of the resistance in Gaza, has developed into a microcosm of the long expected "Third Lebanon War", limited to areas on the Lebanese/Israeli borders and in the sort of weapons used, but threatening to spiral into a full-scale war, maintains Lebanese commentator Randa Haidar on Friday's Qatari-owned, London-based, pan-Arab news portal www.alaraby.co.uk. This is especially likely in light of the strategic loopholes in Israel's deterrence that this confrontation has exposed and the poor chances for a diplomatic solution.

NEVER MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY NO: It is clear that the Israeli PM has no intention to stop the war on Gaza despite the international pressure, the failure to defeat Hamas, and the intervention of the auxiliary fronts in Iraq, Yemen, and most significantly Lebanon, argues Lebanese commentator Elia Mighnayer in Friday's Kuwaiti daily al-Rai. Since the resistance axis has committed itself to preventing the Palestinian resistance from being defeated, this axis has to consider upping the ante, taking into consideration the enormous human and material costs.

WESTERN INCOMPREHENSION: Iran's response to a series of threats and challenges over the past few months has debunked many Western myths regarding the country, notes Lebanese commentator Leila Nicolas on Friday's pan-Arab www.almayadeen.net. Iran did not rely on its supposed proxies in responding to Israel's attack on its Damascus consulate; the regime did not collapse under economic pressures; it did not ban a reformist candidate from running and winning the presidential elections; and the reformist president-elect made it clear he will not abandon Iran's alliance with Russia or the resistance axis.

WASHINGTON'S REBELLIOUS ALLIES: There are increasing signs of a shift in Washington's relationship with its allies, especially in the region, all of which indicate that the U.S. is no longer the sole superpower capable of dictating its desires on all and sundry, claims Lebanese commentator Firas al-Shoufi in Friday's left-leaning pro-Hezbollah Beirut daily al-Akhbar. Riyadh and Abu-Dhabi are diversifying their international relations without fearing Washington's anger; Erdogan maintains good relations with Moscow and pursues his own policy in Syria; and Netanyahu continues to criticize the U.S. administration despite the latter saving his skin after October 7.

SADR'S SECTARNIAN NATIONALISM: After instructing his MPs to resign en masse two years ago, thus allowing his Shiite opponents to take full control of parliament, Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr has recently made several moves that seem a prelude to his return to the political scene, but this time as the sole representative of Iraq's Shiites, claims Iraqi commentator Yahiya Kubaisi in Friday's Qatari-owned London-based, pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. Sadr is making a systematic effort to promote himself as the leader of a "nationalist/sectarian" movement that acts independently from Iran and its Iraqi Shiite allies and represents all of Iraq's Shiites.