Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press



NOT HIS PRIVATE BUSINESS: Nahum Barnea writes in Yedioth Ahronoth that Netanyahu's handling of the submarines deal was tainted, not a matter to be trifled with when what is at stake is the main weapon of deterrence against Iran.

SURPRISE ATTACK: Ehud Yaari claims in N12 that the showcase operation of releasing hundreds of inmates from a Kurdish prison in Syria demonstrates that some ISIS units have been rehabilitated. This is just the beginning.

HAMAS' DOUBLE GAME: Yoni Ben-Menachem argues in News1 that Israeli security sources expect escalation in the war in Yemen to cause escalation in Gaza and perhaps even an attack against Israel.

ISRAEL/CHINA TIES: Oded Eran stresses in Maariv that rapprochement between China and Iran, the Chinese effort to strengthen ties with the Gulf States, and American pressure to take critical positions on China's economic might – require rational risk management, as Israel marks 30 years of relations with China.

IT'S WAR: Ori Nir proclaims in Haaretz that the target of Israeli settlers is Palestinian land and bodies.

THE NEW NORMAL? Seth J. Frantzman contends in The Jerusalem Post that the Houthis second missile attack on the UAE indicates they believe they have a right to expand the war to the UAE.


From Today's Arabic Press



SITUATION IN YEMEN: The Saudi-led coalition's attack in Shabwa which was spear-headed by UAE-allied forces has exposed to the Houthi Ansarullah Tel Aviv's involvement in the war, claims Hussein Ibrahim in Monday's left-leaning pro-Hezbollah Beirut daily al-Akhbar. This turns Israel into a likely target for Yemeni drone and missile attacks and further exposes the UAE's security, and therefore economy, to serious threats.

DISCARDED GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT: The UAE can either choose the path of escalation against the Houthi Ansarullah or seek ways of cooling down the conflict, maintains a leading Jordanian commentator 'Urayb ar-Rintawi on the U.S.-sponsored Arabic language news portal al-Hurra.

NOT SURPRISING: Given the high cost of each of these options, it will most likely choose a combination of both and hope to avoid the serious consequences that are inflict heavy economic damage on it, notes Palestinian commentator Mohammad Yaghi in the leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam. And since it is in the Houthis' interest to drive a wedge between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both sides may choose to return to the status quo ante; but that depends on how advanced the Houthis' military capabilities have become.

ISIS REARS ITS UGLY HEAD: The recent and almost simultaneous attacks by ISIS in the Kurdish-controlled Northeastern part of Syria and in the Diyala governorate in Iraq are raising alarm bells in the region at large, maintains Lebanese commentator Yunis as-Sayyed in Monday's UAE daily al-Khaleej. Both attacks were large-scale and well-coordinated, raising many questions about the organization's return in force and exposing slackness on the part of the forces fighting it.

THE GULF'S CONDESCENSION: The Kuwaiti foreign minister paid a visit to Lebanon this weekend, bearing messages from all Gulf countries, demanding that Lebanon cease any verbal or media attacks on them in exchange for improving relations, notes the editorial Monday's editorial on the London-based, pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. But, given the Gulf countries' condescending tone and their apparent disregard for the complexity of Lebanon's political structure, there is little chance that this initiative will succeed.