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Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press

 

SQUEEZING HAMAS

GETTING WORSE IN GAZA: Writing in Yedioth Ahronoth, Alex Fishman explains the connection between the Gaza tunnels and the possibility of a mass insurrection against Hamas – and what all the sides involved are doing to prevent a war.

SUCCESS AND FAILURE IN JENIN: Writing in Israel Hayom, Yoav Limor says that the successful apprehension of the cell that killed an Israeli rabbi two weeks ago is tinged with failure – since the Shin Bet allowed the cell to operate under its very nose.

MORE TO COME: Writing in Maariv, Yossi Melman praises the speed with which Israeli security forces apprehended the Jenin terror cell, but warns that similar attacks are likely in the future, since this is Hamas’ strategy.

COOPERATE AND SURVIVE: Writing on News 1 website, Yoni Ben-Menachem says that yesterday’s operation in Jenin proves how important security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is to both sides.

PRESSURING HAMAS: In its editorial on Friday, The Jerusalem Post says that Hamas should be forced to face the consequences of its actions, with the hope that sooner or later it will be forced to either change its ways or make room for new leadership.

LET IT GO: Writing in Haaretz, Jeff Halper says that the two-state solution is dead and that anyone who supports democratic values elsewhere in the world must support the one-state solution here, since it is the only political horizon that is not apartheid.

 

From Today's Arab Press

 

THE GREAT CHALLENGE

NOTICEABLY ACTIVE: U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson's announcement that U.S. troops will remain in Syria after ISIS's destruction in order to prevent its return, to confront Iran's influence, and to remove President Assad from power is an invitation to Syria, Iran, and their allied forces to wage attacks on these forces, argues Editor-in-Chief 'Abdelbari 'Atwan on the pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. Moreover, both the Syrian and Turkish authorities face difficult choices as to their military priorities in the Syrian North and Northeast.

THE THREE GENERALS PLUS ONE: Tillerson's speech regarding a long-term U.S. military presence in Syria and its aims indicate that Washington has decided to bring Russia back to the rules of the international game, maintains veteran Lebanese commentator Rafiq Khouri in Friday's Lebanese daily al-Anwar. But the game in Syria remains complicated, and is not confined to the superpowers, but involves local and regional players as well.

THE 'JURISPRUDENCE OF PRIORITIES': Despite his refusal to offer any concessions on basic issues that concern the Palestinians' rights, Palestinian President Mahmoud 'Abbas seems unable to take a serious stance against the occupation for fear of meeting the same fate as that suffered by Yasser Arafat, argues leading Lebanese commentator Amin Qammouriyyeh in Friday's Qatari daily al-Watan. The Palestinians' best alternative is to let the PA manage their daily affairs while forming a political leadership in exile that will lead their struggle against the occupation.

A DARK TUNNEL: Instead of wasting time analyzing and casting doubt on the hidden intentions behind the recent Palestinian Central Council's (PCC) resolutions, Palestinian commentators and factions should do their utmost to build on their positive elements instead, urges leading Jordanian commentator 'Urayb ar-Rintawi in Friday's Jordanian daily ad-Dustour. For Trump's decision regarding Jerusalem and the PCC's reaction have created an opportunity not to be missed by the Palestinians in defense of their cause.

IMPATIENT NATIONS: The protests in Tunisia have resulted in an amendment to the government's budget in a manner that is more considerate of the country's poor, notes Lebanese commentator Mohammad Ali Farhat in the Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily al-Hayat. What these protests have prevented is the hijack of the Tunisians' social activism by both leftists and Islamists, an outcome that was made possible by the modernism deeply ingrained in the nation's character.