From Today's Israeli Press
THE GAZA CONUNDRUM
GAZA HERE WE COME: Efraim Inbar writes in Israel Hayom that a limited ground offensive will yield better results against Hamas than the current air campaign directed at specific targets.
ABUSING ISRAELI RESTRAINT: Noam Amir claims in Makor Rishon that Israel is not interested in a wide-ranging conflict in the South because such an operation would severely hinder the chances of success of a Gaza rehabilitation program, which the IDF will be submitting after the formation of a new coalition.
WHO IS PROTECTING HAMAS?: Yossi Yehoshua argues in Yedioth Ahronoth that elections considerations, not security, explain why Israel refrains from blaming Hamas for the escalation.
SINWAR UNDERSTANDS THE DANGER: Alon Ben-David declares in Maariv that the Hamas leader has done everything in his power to distance the organization from the latest events, but both sides know that a successful attack or rocket strike will completely change the picture.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING, GANTZ?: Raviv Drucker proclaims in Haaretz that the problem, first and foremost, is Gantz. It doesn't matter how meaty the message he's seeking to convey; when it's delivered the way he delivers it, it doesn't come out that way.
THE DAMNED: Herb Keinon contends in The Jerusalem Post that Netanyahu is damned for bad ties with Obama, and damned for good ties with Trump. The Omar-Tlaib affair will blow over.
From Today's Arabic Press
A STRONG BLOW TO TRUMP
DECLINING PRESTIGE: The Gibraltar authorities' decision to release of the Iranian tanker represents a resounding UK slap in the face to the Trump administration, claims Editor-in-Chief 'Abdelbari 'Atwan on Monday's London-based, pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. Washington is isolated in the Middle East and is unable to form a strong alliance to support its economic sanctions against Iran, while Iran and its allies are on the strategic ascendant.
SECESSION IS NOT THE ANSWER: South Yemen has thankfully averted a severe political crisis that could have threatened the entire region, says 'Abderrahman al-Rashed in Monday's Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat. The South has its own history and may rightfully claim what it believes to be its right, but this is not the moment to tamper with Yemeni unity as the parties head to the Jeddah talks.
JORDAN MUST ACT ON JERUSALEM: Israel's assaults on the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem during last week's Muslim Adha feast, constitute a direct challenge not only to the Palestinian Authority, but to Jordan's custodianship of Jerusalem's holy sites, writes Palestinian commentator Lamis Andoni on the Qatari-owned, London-based, pan-Arab news portal www.alaraby.co.uk. As the Kingdom faces growing political and economic challenges, it cannot stand by and let Israel and the U.S. determine the city's fate.
HEZBOLLAH'S WEAPONS: Lebanon has paid a high price for Israel's wars on its soil, notes Emile Khoury in Monday's in Lebanese center-right daily an-Nahar. The U.S., which has prioritized Israel's security in the past, must recognize that Hezbollah is an integral part of Lebanon's political fabric, but Hezbollah must also accept that it cannot make the decision for war or peace on its own.
A NEW STRATEGIC ERA: A new strategic era was born in 2006 with Hezbollah's defeat of Israel in South Lebanon, writes Rif'at Ibrahim al-Badawi in Monday's pro-regime Syrian daily al-Watan. Today, the Syria/Iran-led resistance axis has grown and has acquired the means of defeating Israel, which calls for a new language and tools of mobilization.