Panorama of Week: Israeli-American move against Iran, Erdogan gets ready to go off deep end with Biden

At a time, the so-called Syrian coalition affiliated with Turkey witnessed more fragmentation last week, America and Israel revealed a joint move against Iran in Syria, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is getting ready for a bad phase, after Biden arrived at the White House.

During the past week, Arab newspapers have discussed the Israeli conflict with Iran in Syria, in addition to the Turkish situation, and the Lebanese crisis.

The so-called Syrian opposition leads to further fragmentation and disintegration.

The start with the Syrian issue, in this context, Al-Bayan newspaper said: “Deep differences arose among the (Syrian opposition) in Turkey, during the past couple days, against the background of the Syrian Coalition’s announcement of a new election commission, in preparation for the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for next June in Syria".

It added, "The announcement sparked widespread rejection in the opposition circles, prompting the head of the coalition, Nasr Hariri, to retreat, while the head of the High Negotiating Committee, Anas Al-Abdah, said that the decision will be reviewed, and will not proceed." In it, which predicts further disintegration and fragmentation in (the opposition). "

In addition, there have been renewed disputes over participation in the work of the Fourth Constitutional Committee, in Geneva, which is scheduled to kick off late this month, with the participation of the Syrian government delegation, the opposition and the independents, under Russian-Turkish pressure to push for participation.

"Israeli-US cooperation to monitor Iran in Syria"

In turn, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said: "A spokesperson for the US Department of State confirmed that the United States continues to support Israel's right to self-defense, in light of Iran in Syria likely threats, and that there is a bilateral move to monitor the dangers in the border areas."

The spokesman stressed that "the Iranian regime must withdraw the Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah, and other Iranian-backed terrorist forces from Syria, in order to restore peace and stability, which is what the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has demanded repeatedly, According to him.

"Erdogan is preparing for a worse phase with Biden"

Regarding the Turkish issue, Al-Arab newspaper said: “Turkey's Erdogan, like a few leaders, moves during this period as the world prepares for the US President-elect Joe Biden to move to the White House, because signs indicate that the next four years will be tougher than before to deal with. "

When left office in 2017, Biden had overseen a breakdown in relations with Turkey from close partnership to mutual distrust. In an interview with The New York Times in January, he described Erdogan as a "tyrannical" person.

And the price may be high now with Biden’s arrival to the president post. In addition to threatening to impose sanctions, severe sanctions will likely be imposed on a government Turkish bank, and there are also unresolved disputes over Syria's Kurds, and Turkish naval demands in the Mediterranean and other areas in relation to gas and oil exploration.

Analysts, Mark Champion and Nick Wadhams published in Bloomberg, suggested that concern about what might happen next might help explain Erdogan's decision to congratulate Biden and accept his victory in contrast to other powerful leaders who have benefited from Trump's term, such as Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro or the president Russian Vladimir Putin.

Before the G20 summit that took place at the end of last week via video, Erdogan spoke via a phone call with Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz, a message that seemed understandable to the followers, as both countries angered the new foreign policy circles in Washington, after they were protected from Trump's side.

In his speech last Saturday, Erdogan rejected the notion that Turkey's recent friendship with Russia was "an alternative to our long-established relations with the United States," and the next day called for closer cooperation with Europe, which has been at odds with him for several months.

But that stance had no effect. "Erdogan has done what he likes for four years because he has a friend in the White House," said Damian Murphy, Turkey advisor to the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez.

It seems that the Turkish president is preparing for the worst. Last Thursday, the Turkish parliament approved legislation to return to Ankara the Turkish energy and mining companies that were established abroad, and an official in the Turkish Energy Ministry described this step as a precaution in anticipation of possible sanctions.

"The entitlement to form the Lebanese government has been shelved."

Regarding the Lebanese issue, An-Nahar newspaper said: “It appears from the emergency internal processes that have emerged in recent hours that the eligibility to form the new government has become or has been de facto pushed into the background, while other priorities have been presented that have“ suspicious ”characteristics and do not bear the character of“ innocence ”in terms of deflecting attention and concern from disrupting the formation of the government, because while there are hints and indicators that reach times the limits of the threats implicit in an implicit float or travel to the caretaker government, and other threats to keep the crisis of forming the government open without a time horizon, as if it is a game of biting fingers, while it is a complete violation For Lebanon and what remains of its foundations.

Signs of new political battles have shifted to the niche of the House of Representatives, in a way that diverts concerns all this week from the maturity of the mother government, into incidents, battles and confrontations that the parliament will be the scene of.



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