Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press



PUTIN’S VICTORY PHOTOS: Writing in Israel Hayom, Ariel Boltstein comments on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Middle East victory tour, which, he says, confirms Russia’s standing as the most powerful player in the region.

WHERE ARE THE ARAB STATES?: Writing on News 1 website, Yoni Ben-Menachem comments on the Arab world’s response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying that – as usual – they are putting their own interests and survival ahead of those of the Palestinians.

THE CARAVAN: Writing in Yedioth Ahronoth, Aviad Kleinberg accused Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman of threatening and inciting against Arab Knesset members and of undermining the very essence of Israeli democracy.

DEMONIZATION AND LIES: Writing in Yedioth Ahronoth, Ben-Dror Yemini says that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was right to call out European foreign ministers – and right to do it in person.

SCENARIOS FOR SYRIA: Writing in Haaretz, Zvi Bar'el examines possible scenarios for Syria if and when Russia withdraws its troops, and how Iran and Russia will share the spoils.

TEPID REACTIONS: Writing in The Jerusalem Post, Hillel Frisch says that the response in the Arab world to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is another manifestation of the growing understanding between Israel and the Sunni Arab world.


From Today's Arab Press



BUYING INTO ILLUSIONS: Palestinians have long bought into the notion of a just peace that restores some of their rights but Trump’s Jerusalem decision has put paid to such illusions, argues Palestinian commentator Fatina Dajani in Wednesday’s Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily al-Hayat. Although Palestinian, Arab, and European reactions to Trump have been feeble, every Palestinian knows that there can be no solution unless the Palestinians accept it, and that what is on offer is the unacceptable Israeli version of peace.

EMPTY AND FULL: Arab commentaries on Trump’s decision have been divided between those that view it as ‘a harmful thing from which beneficial things may arise’ and those who see it as nothing but pure harm, notes leading Jordanian commentator ‘Urayb ar-Rintawi in Wednesday’s Jordanian daily ad-Dustour. While the opportunity to transform this obviously damaging American step into something beneficial is there, nothing suggests that it will be exploited.

TWO VIEWS: The Palestinians should not demand recognition of East Jerusalem as their capital since states can only recognize other states, leaving them to determine what is their capital, cautions Palestinian commentator Ahmad Jamil ‘Azm in Wednesday’s Jordanian daily al-Ghad. They should point out that Trump’s decision violates many international treaties and UN principles and they must develop a new strategy to address this.

SHOOTING ALLIES IN THE FOOT: Trump’s decision on Jerusalem has put paid to the Sunni/Shiite sedition the U.S. and its Arab Gulf allies have been working on for many years, and has driven Sunni Turkey and Shiite Iran into the leadership of the Islamic world, argues Editor-in-Chief ‘Abdelbari ‘Atwan on Wednesday on the pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. It also undermines the efforts of the U.S. allies that want to normalize relations with Israel.

PUTIN SCALES DOWN: Russian President Putin’s announcement that he is scaling down the presence of Russian forces in Syria may seem to serve the interest of Iran and its militias, who may now appear free to impose their control on Syria unhindered by Russian competition, notes veteran Saudi commentator ‘Abderrahman ar-Rashed in Wednesday’s Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat. But this move may in fact be the result of a Russian/Iranian conflict over Syria, which will weaken the regime and Iran in the long run.