Says operatives are sent to set up military networks in West Bank, act as messengers between territories and foreign countries, and carry out secret transfers of funds to meet Hamas’ needs; Malaysia denies it.
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.
Prior to his current position, Harel, 41, spent four years as night editor for the Haaretz Hebrew print edition, and from 1999-2005 was the anchorman on a weekly Army Radio program about defense issues. He also frequently appears in the Israeli and foreign media as a military pundit.
Along with Avi Issacharoff, Harel co-wrote "The Seventh War: How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians", a 2004 book about the second Intifadah. The book- a best-seller in Israel - has been translated into French and Arabic, and won the prestigious Chechic award in 2005, for outstanding security research.
Harel and Issacharoff's second book, "34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah and the War in Lebanon", about the war of 2006 was published in Hebrew in January 2008, and also became a best-seller. It was published in English, by Palgrave-Macmillan Books, in April 2008. "34 Days" also won the Chechic award in 2009.
Harel is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, with a bachelor's degree in Law. He is married with three children and lives in Hod Hasharon, in central Israel.
Whether Israel attacked Syria again on Monday, as some reports say, the chance of sliding down a slippery slope into a major conflict grows every day.
The attack attributed to Israel early on Monday was part of the battle between Hezbollah, Assad's army and Syrian rebels, a source in the security establishment says.
Candidates being screened ahead of appointment in fall, to prevent last-minute hitches.
Israel Air Force strikes militant cell that was trying to place an explosive device east of the Syria border fence.
Attacks attributed to Israel come against the backdrop of hints by Hezbollah leader Nasrallah that his group's missile targeting capacities have improved.
Some Israelis may have forgotten last summer’s war in Gaza, but Ofer Shelah, an MK and security expert, hasn’t. He claims Operation Protective Edge was a failure that revealed ingrained political and military flaws.
The Knesset buries investigations, the National Security Council has no bite and the media prefers heart-rending stories. Debates over the IDF’s preparedness for the next conflict remain only inside the system, if they take place at all.
Ten paratroopers lost their lives since war broke out in Gaza last summer; battalion commanders tell Haaretz what they learned since.
As conflicts in the region spill over into neighboring countries, Western experts are having a tough time keeping up with the dizzying pace of events.