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Today's Mideast Mirror Summaries

From Today's Israeli Press

 

TO DO, OR NOT TO DO

DISTANT VISION: Michael Milstein asserts in Ynet that although most countries in the region regard Iran as more dangerous than Israel, an Israeli/Western/Arab coalition still endangers their regimes.

ADMIT IT: Yoav Limor claims in Israel Hayom that Israel is having a hard time assessing the nature of the Iranian retaliation.

END THE GAZA WAR: Former IAF Commander Eithan Ben-Eliyahu argues in N12 that Israel should adopt a "soft" and clandestine method of action against Iran, which will not delay the return of the abductees even more.

AND THE WINNER IS: Yoni Ben-Menachem stresses in ArabExpert that Biden has emerged the victor from the military confrontation between Israel and Iran, as he knew in advance the details of the planned attack and prepared with Israel.

VENGEFUL MADNESS: Zvi Bar'el proclaims in Haaretz that facing Hamas and Tehran, Israel is convinced that the image of a mad man will ensure its security.

TIME FOR BRAVE DECISIONS: Maj. Gen. (res.) Tamir Hayman, head of the INSS, contends in The Jerusalem Post that Israel's strategic position is greatly improved by focusing on diplomatic solutions over military action.

 

From Today's Arabic Press

 

PROS AND CONS

"FORWARD DEFENSE": The Israeli PM hopes that the carefully measured Iranian response to the attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus would help him regain Western sympathy for beleaguered Israel, cover up the genocide in Gaza, weaken the protests against him on the Israeli street, and reconnect with the Biden administration, maintains Lebanese commentator Amin Qammouriyeh on Wednesday's Lebanese website www.asasmedia.com. But he may still want to achieve a higher objective of his by pushing the region into a major conflict that pits the U.S. against Iran.

A COSTLY STRATEGIC MISTAKE: In addition to being ineffective and farcical, the Iranian attack on Israel was a serious strategic mistake on the part of the Iranian leadership, exposing the Islamic Republic as a troublemaking entity whose elderly leaders seem in a rush to polish their public image at the expense of strategic goals, insists former editor-in-chief and veteran Saudi commentator Tariq al-Homeid in Wednesday's Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat. But this strategic mistake reminds the region of the need for defense pacts to forestall Iranian reckless aggression.

HAMAS' HOPES: While there may be some consequences from the Iranian attack that are beneficial to Israel, it is also clear that the costs for Iran would have been much greater had it not retaliated to Israel's mounting attacks on Iranian targets in the region, argues Editor-in-Chief 'Imaduddin Hussein in Wednesday's left-of-center Egyptian daily Ashurouq. What emerges is that it is wrong to reduce what happened to a black-and-white formula when an objective assessment requires looking at all aspects of the picture.

FRIEDMAN'S POISONED ADVICE: The recent advice offered by U.S. journalist Thomas Friedman to Israel to cease fire, exit Gaza, and keep a weakened Hamas in power there as part of a plan for the "day after" based on the so-called "two-state solution" is even worse in practice than what Netanyahu is proposing, maintains Palestinian commentator Hani al-Masri on the independent Palestinian news-portal www.masarat.ps. Apart from ending the genocide in Gaza, it is of the utmost importance for the Palestinians to pursue international recognition of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state provided its borders and capital are already recognized even before negotiations start regarding the implementation of this scheme.

SUDANI GOES TO WASHINGTON: Iraqi PM Sudani's visit to Washington will be dogged by pressures from various lobbies in the U.S. capital as well as by pressures from his pro-Iran Shiite partners at home, notes Iraqi commentator Sabah Nahi in Wednesday's Iraqi ad-Dustour. In particular, the specter of the Iranian/Israeli confrontation will loom large over the visit as Sudani will be pulled in opposite directions by pro- and anti-Iranian groups back home and by the U.S., all of which will complicate his apparent attempt to restrict the U.S. military presence in Iraq.