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Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press

 

BLINKING FOR A BOMB

WAR OF NERVES: Nahum Barnea writes in Yedioth Ahronoth that while Sinwar is feeding his addiction to Israeli media, all Qatar demands in return for its services is a big heartfelt show of gratitude after which it may stab you in the back.

TIGHTENING THE MISSLE SEIGE ON ISRAEL: Amnon Lord claims in Israel Hayom that the Bennett/Lapid/Gantz/Abbas government is accepting the yoke of Iranian nuclear extortion.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME: Ben-Dror Yemini argues in Yedioth Ahronoth that Israel will not suddenly be considered in the right and Hamas will not turn into ISIS, but a dramatic rehabilitation initiative in Gaza will neutralize some of the automatic response against Israel in the future and must reverberate worldwide.

OSLO STRIKES AGAIN: Caroline Glick states in Israel Hayom that the government is repeating the debunked Oslo slogans. It is as if Israelis never paid a heavy death toll for them.

BENNETT'S ONE-STATE MAGIC: Aluf Benn proclaims in Haaretz that Bennett is promoting the status-quo without ruffling feathers.

U.S./IRAN/ISRAEL NUKE STANDOFF: Yonah Jeremy Bob contends in The Jerusalem Post that blinking from all sides over the last few weeks and even days has started to reshape the geopolitics surrounding the Iran nuclear deal talks.

 

From Today's Arabic Press

 

HEZBOLLAH'S 'NOAH'S ARK'

NOAH'S ARK: The Iranian fuel shipment that Hezbollah brought into Lebanon yesterday is a major development in the Lebanese crisis that may change the Lebanese economic, political, and social landscape in unforeseen ways, claims Editor-in-Chief Nasser Qandil in Friday's pro-Damascus Lebanese daily al-Bina. In addition to rescuing the Lebanese from drowning in their crisis, it undermines age-old monopolies that have run the country's life for decades in collusion with a corrupt political class.

STRATEGIC BUT TRANSIENT: Hezbollah's step may be significant at the domestic Lebanese level in that it reduces the suffering of the Lebanese; but it makes little difference to the regional balances, insists Editor-in-chief Sati' Noureddin on Friday's Lebanese news portal www.almodon.com. This is because there was no U.S. fuel blockade on Lebanon to begin with that Hezbollah defied.

ANKARA SEEKS TALKS WITH DAMASCUS: Notwithstanding official Syrian denials of Turkish assertions that a meeting took place between the Turkish and Syrian intelligence heads, there are indications that Ankara is apparently seeking to strike an understanding with Damascus about the day after the Americans' departure from the East of the Euphrates, says Palestinian commentator Kamal Khalaf on the London-based, pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. The recent Moscow meeting between the Syrian and Russian presidents may have aimed to soften Syrian opposition to such understandings.

NORMALIZATION BLUES: On the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords, the signs are that the signatory Arab states' enthusiasm for normalization with Israel has cooled down, claims Hussein Ibrahim in the left-leaning pro-Hezbollah Beirut daily al-Akhbar. In addition to the antipathy towards the Israelis expressed by these countries' populations on the social media, the regimes are realizing that relations with Israel will neither compensate for U.S. protection nor enable them to convince the Biden administration to reverse its decision to scale down its presence in the region.

BENNETT'S MIXED MESSAGES: At their summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Israeli PM Naftali Bennett presented to the Egyptian president what in effect was the Israeli FM's "economics for peace" plan for the Gaza Strip, notes Gaza-based Palestinian commentator Abir Bashir on Friday's Lebanese website www.asasmedia.com. Immediately afterwards, however, Bennett announced that he has no intention of meeting with PA President Mahmoud 'Abbas even though the proposed plan crucially depends on the PA playing a central role in the Strip.