Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press



MORE TERROR, LESS ELECTRICITY: Yossi Yehushua writes in Yedioth Ahronoth that in response to the wave of balloon terror, Israel stopped the transfer of diesel fuel to Gaza. Hamas is livid, a UN delegation arrived in the Strip in an attempt to avert a crisis, but the outlook is bleak.

ISRAEL CAN RELY ONLY ON ITSELF: Shlomo Shamir claims in Maariv that the practical significance of the tripartite meeting between the national security advisors regarding policy on Iran and Hezbollah, is that Israel should not, for one moment, believe it will receive assistance from the powers in its hour of need.

THE PALESTINIANS PROVE THEY ARE NO PARTNERS: Dr. Kobi Michael argues in Israel Hayom that the vision of two states will only be achieved by future generations; until then Israel would do well to act unilaterally.

WHAT COMES AFTER BAHRAIN: Yoni Ben-Menachem asserts in News1 that the PA is worried the U.S. will try to implement economic projects unilaterally and give Israel the green light to annex the large settlement blocs in the West Bank even before publishing the political section of the Deal.

BAHRAIN CONFERENCE IS IMPORTANT: Anshel Pfeffer declares in Haaretz that just by taking place, the conference has moved the needle against the Palestinians and in the direction of Netanyahu's vision for the Middle East.

ECONOMIC PROSPERITY NOT THE RECIPE: Tomer Fadlon and Sason Hadad contend in The Institute for National Security Studies that economic incentives have never been the main channel of Israel's peace treaties.


From Today's Arabic Press



THE TRUE POPULAR SENTIMENT: At pivotal moments such as the U.S.-sponsored Manama economic workshop, the true mettle of peoples will rise to the surface, writes Editor-in-Chief 'Abdelbari 'Atwan on Wednesday's London-based pan-Arab news portal www.raialyoum.com. The workshop may project a bitter image to swallow, but the Palestinians will not sell out on their national rights for cash bribes, and all those who are party to the workshop will pay the price.

ALL WITHIN THEIR RIGHTS: Opposition to Manama should not be construed as hostility towards Bahrain or the attendees, says Palestinian commentator Bakr 'Oueida in Wednesday's Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat. Nonetheless, this is not the right path to a genuine settlement

ISRAEL'S SECURITY CORNERSTONES: The Arab states have now effectively joined Israel in an alliance that suppresses Palestinian rights in favor of a war with Iran and its allies, says Lebanese commentator Yahiya Dabouq in the left-leaning pro-Hezbollah Beirut daily al-Akhbar. This has offered Israel and its most extreme elements vistas what they could never have previously dreamt of.

COMING TOGETHER: The Palestinians have come together in an unprecedented show of unity against the Manama event, claims Rajab Abu-Sirriyeh in the leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam. While the Israeli political scene seems divided and uncertain, this may yet spur similar reactions across the Arab world.

SLIP OF THE TONGUE: By confusing between Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and his long-dead predecessor Ayatollah Khomeini, President Trump either misspoke or was overcome by a slip of the tongue, writes the editorial in Wednesday's London-based, Qatari-owned pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. His latest sanctions are not only symbolic formalities, but pour more oil onto the fire that has been raging in the region for weeks.