In state-daily Al-Ahram, Ahmed Abdel Tawab blames Palestinian factions not only for failing to have a unified stance, but also for bragging about unreal achievements in face of continued bloodshed such as claiming to have forced Israel to take certain actions. Abdel Tawab points out how Israel is always able to cause massacre after the other and seek compassion from the international press when its people are killed, unlike Palestinian leaders who say they are proud to present martyrs thus sending a message that Palestinian lives don’t matter, despite the fact that they need international sympathy and support.
From a different point of view, Mohamed Saad Abdel Hafiz writes in the privately-owned Al-Shorouk newspaper that irrespective of Israel’s military superiority, the Palestinian resistance was able to foster the balance of mutual deterrence not only through a military scandal for the Israelis but also by shaking their internal politics. To the writer, paying prices and sacrifices is an experience well-owned by the resistance now and enables them to decide on how to resist and how to manoeuvre and when to turn and how to respond and the size of the response.
‘Arab Shield 1’ joint military drills which kicked off last week, Al-Ahram’s Makram Mohamed Ahmed points out military cooperation between Arab states and the high-level training which includes the most developed arms and equipment.
In other news, diplomacy between Egypt and Kuwait was tested following an assault on an Egyptian female expat by Kuwaiti women as the Egyptian government pursued accountability. In state-owned Al-Akhbar, Iman Rashed defends Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram for the speech she gave saying Egyptian women were a “red line.” Rashed criticises the insult to Egypt by a Kuwaiti MP and called upon Makram to continue defending Egyptians’ rights.