From Today's Israeli Press
AMERICAN SURRENDER: Nadav Eyal writes in Yedioth Ahronoth that Trump's ceasefire agreement with Erdogan, which he hailed as "a great day for civilization", is about as great as the Munich agreement.
ABU MAZIN'S CAPTIVES: Nadav Haetzni claims in Maariv that the security chiefs in the IDF, Mossad, and Shin Bet furiously defend the PA fight against terrorism, while ignoring facts.
NO REPLACEMENT FOR NETANYAHU: Amnon Lord argues in Israel Hayom that two points justify the continuation of Netanyahu's leadership, even on pain of a third round of elections: The Nation-state bill and his security policy.
IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL NETANYAHU SAYS IT'S OVER: Ben Caspit states in Maariv that all Netanyahu's machinations have not been enough and that on midnight Wednesday president Rivlin will task Gantz with forming a government.
TRUMP LOSING BATTLE TO END "ENDLESS WARS": Alexander Griffing proclaims in Haaretz that as the President defends his Syria withdrawal with increasingly outlandish statements, one blatantly false justification stands out.
BEYOND THE CHORUS OF INDIGNATION: Efraim Inbar contends in The Jerusalem Post that Trump's Syria decision accords with previous presidential decisions and is not necessarily a disaster for Israel.
From Today's Arabic Press
THE FIERCEST BATTLE TO COME: The fiercest battle in Northern Syria is likely to be that between the U.S. and Turkey, claims the editorial in Friday's London-based, pan-Arab www.raialyoum.com. After the insulting letter sent by President Trump to President Erdogan, the question now is whether they can manage their differences, all while the U.S.'s regional foes are reaping the rewards.
NASRALLAH'S INTERPRETATION: Lebanese Hezbollah is now pressing for normalization between Beirut and Damascus in a reflection of Washington's waning influence and the regional impact of its withdrawal from Northern Syria, maintains maintains Roseanna Boumoncef in Friday's in Lebanese center-right daily an-Nahar. Such pressures are likely to increase as Iran and Syria exploit the regional reshuffling of the cards.
SEFERBERLIK CRIMES: Erdogan's invasion of Northern Syria replicates the criminal actions of his Ottoman ancestors, whose ambition to rule the Arab world he is trying to fulfill, maintains Mohmmed as-Sa'ed in the Saudi daily Okaz. Erdogan and the hardline Turks are seeking to ethnically cleanse the Kurds and replace them with Alawite Turks, but this is just a delusion.
A NEW LIBERATION: Prof. Kais Saied's decisive victory in Sunday's Tunisian presential elections was largely the product of a youthful rebellion against corruption and dictatorial control, maintains Lutfi 'Obeidi in Friday's Qatari-owned pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. Saied represents the hopes and aspirations of an entire generation that has rejected the failed policies of the past.
FAKE VICTORIES: The Houthis have made some extravagant claims of military success against Saudi Arabia, including the Aramco attack and the destruction of a Saudi brigade in Najran, notes Qatari commentator Mohammad Saleh al-Musfir on the Qatari-owned, London-based, pan-Arab news portal www.alaraby.co.uk. The truth is that the first attack came from another source altogether and the Najran 'victory' took place on Yemeni soil against a Yemeni militia (not Saudi troops) some three months prior to the Houthi announcement.