Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press



THE PHONECALL: Amit Segal writes in Yedioth Ahronoth that the last meeting between Gantz and Netanyahu on Tuesday was very short and polite. But afterwards they had a long and very angry conversation over the phone.

SHOWING JORDAN WHO IS BOSS: Caroline Glick claims in Israel Hayom that peace with Jordan is based first and foremost on Israel's power of deterrence. But while Israel has been looking out for Jordan's king, it has forgotten he needs deterring too.

THE LEFTIST WALL OF FEAR: Nadav Haetzni argues in Maariv that Israeli left-wing media continuously scares the public with impending doomsday forecasts that never materialize.

REMOVING IRAN FROM SYRIA THE DAYAN WAY: Major-General (Res.) Gershon Hacohen asserts in Israel Hayom that according to Dayan's doctrine there is due cause for initiating conflagration with Iranian forces.

HEZBOLLAH IS BACK ON ISRAEL'S BORDER: Amos Harel and Yaniv Kubovich proclaim in Haaretz that Israel believes Nasrallah is deterred since the 2006 war, but thinks Hezbollah and Iran are seeking to challenge it with a limited conflict.

HOW THE ISRAEL-IRAN WAR MIGHT BEGIN: Yaakov Katz contends in The Jerusalem Post that in the back of everyone's mind there will be a constant and nagging question mark over what happens next. Everyone that is, except for Iran.


From Today's Arabic Press



A NEW PUSH: The reported U.S. push for a non-aggression pact between Israel and some Gulf countries plus Morocco is basically an Israeli-inspired design to confront Iran, writes the editorial in in Friday's Qatari-owned London-based, pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. It appears to be intended to boost Israeli PM Netanyahu's chances of forming the next government, but the Arab parties should be wary of playing this game.

NEW/OLD PRETEXT: The proposed pact seems to exploit Iran's seeming moment of weakness, but that moment will pass, the editorial in Friday's London-based, pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. It is Israel that is on the retreat, and the Gulf states would do better to mend their own fences and remember that patience is what will determine the conflict with Israel.

MULTIPLE MESSAGES: For the first time, Israel appears to be interested in signing a mutual defense pact with the U.S., notes Jihad Haidar on the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese news portal www.alahed.com.lb. While this is openly directed against Iran, it reveals Israel's weakness and growing dependence on the U.S.

CALCULATING PROFIT AND LOSS: There are assessments that Iran may be feeling the combined heat of the U.S. sanctions and the popular protests against its influence in Lebanon and Iraq, says Roseanna Boumoncef in Friday's in Lebanese center-right daily an-Nahar. This may lead Tehran to be more flexible in dealing with the nuclear issue or perhaps offer some concession in Lebanon or Iraq, but either way it needs to make its mind sooner rather than later.

THE MANY PALESTINES: As protests and crises sweep Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, the Arab world has come to witness four or five different 'Palestines', writes maintains Lebanese commentator Radwan as-Sayyid in Friday's Saudi Asharq al-Awsat. Crises are not resolved when rulers are ousted and become more aggravated when they remain in power, and outside forces will interfere in weak states, which is what has happened in all the Arab states plagued with militias backed by foreign forces.