Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press



ISRAEL TRYING TO PROVOKE IRANIAN RESPONSE: Alex Fishman in Yedioth Ahronoth, argues that the latest events in Syria are not random, and that Israel is targeting gains in Syria, regarding the nuclear program, and even inside Iran itself.

ISRAEL WILL BOMB S-300 SHIPMENTS: An Israel Hayom editorial estimates that the Israeli air-force is poised to respond to Russia supplying Assad with an advanced (S-300) air defense system, even at the risk of damaging Israeli-Russian relations.

EIZENKOT’S DARING DOCTRINE: Amir Oren in Walla!, asserts that the Israeli chief of staff estimates that Israel will not succeed in thwarting the nuclear efforts in the region and must adjust to life alongside weapons of mass destruction.

ECONOMY AT PEAK; GLOOMY PROSPECTS: Meirav Arlosoroff in The Marker claims experts think Israel must instigate crucial reforms if it is to continue thriving in the next 70 years.

A DISHONORABLE BURIAL OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL REGIME: Yedidia Stern in The Jerusalem Post argues that if the Knesset is prepared to overrule fundamental laws by means of the bare majority required to form a government, the constitutional regime in Israel will undergo a dishonorable burial.

TWO TAKES ON ISRAEL: Eric Cortellessa in The Times of Israel proclaims that as opposed to AIPAC, the J Street conference views Netanyahu as self-destructive and reactionary, responsible for the erosion of the two-state solution and Trump as his enabler.



From Today's Arab Press



BAGHDAD MEETING: Amid reports of U.S.-backed plans to establish autonomous entities in northeastern, eastern, and southwestern Syria as a prelude to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, Russia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria have held a meeting in Baghdad, most likely to discuss means of confronting this design, says Editor-in-Chief ‘Abdelbari ‘Atwan on the pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. But the ‘Sunni’ Arab states would do better to steer clear of U.S. plans to implicate them in such schemes.

ISRAEL’S SHOCK: There are signs of a rift between Israel and the Trump administration, argues leading Egyptian commentator Mohammad as-Sa’id Idriss in Friday’s UAE daily al-Khaleej. These stem from the limited nature of the tripartite strike on Syria which seems to have given the Syrian regime a green light to impose its writ on the country short of using chemical weapons, and from Washington’s declared intentions to withdraw its forces which would leave Israel to confront Russian and Iranian influence in Syria and the region alone.

NEW FACTS REVEALED: The Western press has revealed significant differences within the U.S. administration and confirmed that the strike was coordinated in advance with the Russians, notes leading Palestinian commentator Mohammad Yaghi in Friday’s leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam. It appears to have been carried out to satisfy Trump’s ego, but it has demonstrated that the Russians were prepared for a larger confrontation with the West, and that the U.S. is serious about withdrawing from Syria.

GARBAGE DUMP: The tripartite strike would have been meaningful had it been properly exploited politically, argues leading Lebanese commentator Amin Qammouriyyeh in Friday’s Qatari daily al-Watan. However, it is difficult to see any sign of this in light of Washington’s apparent decision to withdraw its forces – unless this is intended as cover to carve Syria up into various zones of influence.

COUNTING THE CARDS CAREFULLY: Syria is likely be the arena for Iranian retaliation against Israel’s attack on T4 airbase in which a number of Iranian officers were killed, maintains the editorial in Qatari-owned, London-based, pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. But Tehran’s longer-term aim is to reshuffle the cards, force the U.S. administration to realize the cost of scrapping the Iran nuclear deal, and to ensure that Russia no longer takes a neutral stance in response to Israeli attacks on the Iranians or their proxies in Syria.

TIME FOR A SAUDI ‘BREXIT’: Saudi Arabia no longer subscribes to the lie of a ‘shared Arab fate and history,’ and should extract itself from the morass that its Arab environment continues to drag it into, counsels Saudi commentator Ali Sa’d al-Musa in the Saudi daily al-Watan. It may be time for a Saudi ‘Brexit’ from the Arab League, and to conclude bilateral and collective partnerships only with those countries that are on its same path towards the future.