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Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press

 

'IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS'

NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS: Nadav Shragai asserts in Israel Hayom that the debate over the legal reform is an inner Israeli affair and should remain so, since it has no bearing on U.S. national security.

CRACKS IN THE ZIONIST IRON WALL: Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen claims in N12 that terror undermining Israel's very existence is developing thanks to the loss of national unity.

NO MORE ELECTIONS: Omri Yadlin argues in Makor Rishon that the intentions of the reformists raise suspicions as to the future of Israeli democracy.

FEAR OF LONE WOLVES: Yoni Ben-Menachem writes in News1 that Palestinian incitement, especially in Jerusalem, has ramped up in recent weeks.

WILL NETANYAHU LISTEN? Alon Pinkas proclaims in Haaretz that Blinken warned the Israeli PM of "Orban Decay".

ASSERTING GOVERNANCE: Omer Dostri contends in The Jerusalem Post that there is a clear link between events in Judea and Samaria and other areas.

 

From Today's Arabic Press

 

DOUBLE STANDARDS AND BRIBES

DE-ESCALATION IS A FARCE: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Israel and the PA was a flagrant exercise of double standards that is driving the occupied territories to an explosion and steering U.S. influence towards turbulence and the brink of extinction, maintains Jordanian commentator Hazem 'Ayyad in the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Amman daily al-Sabeel. Blinken merely pressured the Palestinian side to de-escalate its resistance to the fascist Israeli government's attacks on the Palestinians while in effect condoning these attacks by failing to denounce them.

CLAMORING TO EXPRESS SUPPORT: Blinken visit's aim is to exert pressure on the PA to force it to restore security coordination with Israel, summoning the Egyptian and Jordanian intelligence chiefs as a means of intensifying that pressure, maintains Wednesday's editorial in the Qatari-owned, London-based, pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. But it would be a grave mistake for the PA to give in to that pressure and abandon one of the rare weapons it has for fighting the occupation.

WHAT BROUGHT BLINKEN: Blinken's hopes of buying off the PA by a "bribe" of $50 million in the form of aid to UNRWA will not succeed in quelling what is in effect a third intifada, insists Wednesday's editorial in the London-based, pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. The Palestinian youths who are waging this uprising do not answer to the PA, treat it as colluding with Israel, and will not stop until they liberate all of Palestine.

A MOMENT OF TRUTH: The official Palestinian leadership must realize that a decision to suspend the PA's security coordination would necessarily mean either the PA's total collapse or a new sort of PA and that this would require a total reconsideration of the official Palestinian political program since the Oslo Accords, notes Palestinian commentator Hani al-Masri on the independent Palestinian news-portal www.masarat.ps. The latter would not be a bad thing, but it requires a serious effort to anticipate and deal with its enormous likely consequences by developing a unified resistance strategy.

SAVING LEBANON: Lebanon's hopes of emerging from its financial and political crises crucially depend on its relations with both Saudi Arabia and Syria, argues Wednesday's editorial in the pro-Damascus Lebanese daily al-Bina. But this can only be achieved once Saudi/Syrian relations improve, which depends on factors such as Saudi/Iranian relations and the war in Yemen.