From Today's Israeli Press
LIEBERMAN CALLS IT ELECTIONS: In an interview with Sima Kadmon in Yedioth Ahronoth, Avigdor Lieberman rules out joining a narrow government, asserts that a unity government is no longer an option, and maintains he did all he could to prevent third elections.
GANTZ WISED UP: Ben Caspit claims in Maariv that four minutes after exiting the meeting with Netanyahu, Gantz finally grasped the PM's real intentions: he wants elections.
NETANYAHU IS LIKE BEN GURION: Hagai Huberman argues in Arutz7 that both Netanyahu and Ben Gurion are great leaders who brought Israel immense achievements. Ben Gurion also fell out with all the politicians who worked with him.
THE TRUTH HAS WON: Ben-Dror Yemini states in Yedioth Ahronoth that France's decision to define anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism is an achievement in the battle for world public opinion.
A U.S.-ISRAEL MUTUAL DEFENSE TREATY – NOW: Chuck Freilich proclaims in Haaretz that Israel's defense establishment has always been cool to the idea of a formal U.S. defense pact. But the threats Israel faces have changed. A treaty is now of vital strategic importance for security.
POMPEO IS NETANYAHU'S PROP: Shalom Yerushalmi contends in The Times of Israel that Netanyahu is already in deep campaign mode and wants to show off his diplomatic bona fides.
From Today's Arabic Press
PREPARING FOR WAR
STATEMENTS AND MOBILIZATIONS: A number of indications suggest that the U.S. is coordinating with Israel and other local parties in preparation for a war against Iran, maintains Editor-in-Chief 'Abdelbari 'Atwan on the London-based pan-Arab news portal www.raialyoum.com. The recent protests in Iran and elsewhere may have given the impression that Tehran and its allies are at their lowest point, but the protests have not dented the Iran-led axis's military capabilities and a new war would alter the political realities in the region in manner that is not to the U.S., Israel, and their local allies' advantage.
THE DECISIVE ARENA: All the wars raging in the region are Iran's creation, and there is now a state of Arab/Iranian confrontation in general, maintains Jordanian commentator Saleh Qallab in Thursday's Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat. Iraq is the decisive battlefield and it should not be left to face this fateful challenge alone; the only Arab option is to fight fire with fire.
ERDOGAN'S NATO GAME: The London summit may have staved off the worst of NATO's differences, but it has revealed the extent of the fracture between France and Turkey over Syria, says the editorial in Thursday's UAE daily al-Khaleej. Turkish President has sought to manipulate the alliance to his own advantage, even to the extent of supporting terrorism in his war against the Kurds.
PRELUDE TO NORMALIZATION: The U.S./Israeli push for a non-aggression pact between Israel and a number of Gulf states and Morocco is suspect since it neither side is likely to be engaged in any aggression against the other, writes Fayiz Abu-Shamaleh in the pro-Hamas news portal www.felesteen.ps. The proposed pact has exposed the true face of Israel's regional ambitions that extend beyond the land of Palestine, and it should motivate the PA to take a stronger position against Israel.
THE ONE-STATE DELUSION: Some Palestinians seem to be conveying the impression that the Palestinian people no longer want a two-state solution and would prefer to live in one unitary Arab/Jewish state instead, notes Ashraf al-'Ajrami in the leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam. This is sheer delusion, since no party in Israel would accept to live on an equal basis with the Palestinians, and it would constitute a great blow to the national cause which is rooted in the Palestinian people's right to freedom and independence that can only be achieved via a fully independent Palestinian state on the entire 1967 territories, and it would furthermore absolve the world of its responsibility for resolving the conflict.