Cartoon in Saudi daily: Arabs try to keep Erdogan's military forces out of Libya (Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, July 29, 2020)
"We seem to be facing the greatest threat we have had to contend with in the past half-century. Iran and Turkey – each on its own – are expanding in the region in an unprecedented manner, putting all its countries at risk. The Turks in Libya are a direct threat to Egypt, the biggest threat [it has faced] since it signed the Camp David Peace Accords [with Israel], which put an end to the possibilities of waging war against it. Tunisia and Algeria are threatened indirectly by the concentration of armed Islamic organizations, comprising [fighters] of various nationalities, in Tripoli, [which is under the control of the Sarraj government forces]. Sudan is also vulnerable to infiltrations by these organizations, although its border with Libya is the shortest, [measuring] about 400 kilometers.
"The plan of Iran, as a regional power, grants it almost total control over Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, and via Iraq it currently [also] threatens Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE. The armies and militias of Turkey and Iran are currently [fighting] in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia and Libya. This new situation threatens everyone and calls for a political coalition to contend with it, conveying a clear message, [namely] that 15 Arab countries face the threat of an Iranian or Turkish invasion and are ready to form a defense treaty as part of joint Arab action.
"However, despite the danger and all the [regional] hot spots, it seems that joint [Arab] action is still limited, perhaps because the situation is not clear to the public in the region, [which views the events] as separate and limited campaigns. In Libya, for example, everyone was surprised by Turkey's direct military intervention, for nobody had even conceived of it. Prior to this, the war in Libya was regarded as the continuation of the [internal] crisis that has been ongoing there for the past nine years. The military intervention of Turkey and its Syrian militias was like the [sudden] appearance of a snake: it sparked fear and triggered all the defense mechanisms, causing a shift in the political positions on Libya. Tunisia and Algeria had not feared Turkish intervention for years… They had regarded the situation in Libya as an internal struggle supported by several external powers. The same goes for Egypt, which never imagined that Erdogan's forces would reach its border. Today the danger is serious and Egypt is definitely in [Turkey's] sights. Algeria is not safe either, and takes into account that Turkey will not hesitate to extend its influence to [its] internal domain, should there be any security problems there.
"The truth is that, when it comes to Turkey's evil intentions, the writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, as the saying goes. But nobody was willing to believe it, because it seemed like 'paranoia' and hyperbole resulting from the disagreements with President Erdogan. Today no one doubts this theory anymore. Turkey has dispatched forces and equipment [to Libya], officially and openly. Thousands of its [Syrian] militiamen who previously fought in Syria are [now] fighting in Libya under the Turkish flag, and they have reached the outskirts of Sirte and the Oil Crescent. The concerns are no longer 'paranoia' but rather a reality, and the story doesn't end here.
"Some are asking why the Turks would risk fighting a war in a distant land. Part of Turkey's strategy is to gain influence in North Africa, which is important for Europe's security. Its presence [there] gives it leverage over the EU countries and will force them to agree to its demands. We have already seen how Turkish President Erdogan used the millions of Syrian refugees to impose his political and financial demands upon the Europeans. This scenario will repeat itself when he controls Libya: he will blackmail the Europeans and threaten [Libya's] neighbors – Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Sudan.
"As for his next campaign – it will be in Yemen. Why? Because this will grant the Turks and their financial supporter, Qatar, influence over Washington and help them promote their goal of weakening additional Gulf States."
 See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8828 - Arab Media Supports Egypt's Threat To Intervene Militarily In Libya: Turkey's Attempts To Become A Regional Superpower Must Be Stopped – July 2, 2020.
 Al-Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), July 28, 2020.
 Al-Arabi Al-Jadid (London), July 29, 2020.
 Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), July 28, 2020.