About the blog
Welcome to MESS (Middle East Security Survey) Report.
For more than a decade the two of us have been covering the Mideast conflict, primarily from a security-diplomatic perspective. We've witnessed wars, terror attacks and now and then peace initiatives, which, we are sorry to say, have not amounted to much.
If there is one thing that we have learnt, it is that the narrative is not simple. There is no one binding viewpoint, rather different competing perspectives, which sometimes - ironically – complement one another.
Our collaborative work – in the form of books as well as our Haaretz coverage – have allowed us to present a broader slice of reality for our readers. Now, we will try to do the same thing in this blog – and provide a bigger, credible picture from one of the most complex areas in the world. Now and then, too, we will try to present you with our own personal observations about the situation.
About the authors:
Amos Harel is one of Israel's leading media experts on military and defense issues. He has been the military correspondent and defense analyst for Haaretz for the last 12 years. In this role, he has written extensively about Israel's ongoing fight against terrorist organizations, its battles during the Palestinian Intifadah (uprising) and the last war in Lebanon. More about Amos Harel >>>
Avi Issacharoff has been the Palestinian and Arab Affairs Correspondent for Haaretz since 2006. A fluent Arabic speaker, Issacharoff, 36, has an insider's knowledge and contact with the inner workings of Palestinian society, and has directed and edited documentary films about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More about Avi Issacharoff >>>