Israel mulls expelling senior Hamas operatives from the West Bank to Gaza; more than 100 Palestinians have been arrested, most of them Hamas men.
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.
Iron Dome intercepts two rockets fired at Ashkelon; kidnapped teen called police, said 'We've been kidnapped'; teens believed to still be in West Bank; Kerry condemns kidnapping; Netanyahu accuses Hamas. PLO blasts 'racist campaign' against Palestinian people.
Probe also finds that police staffing an emergency hotline in the West Bank did not react immediately to call from one of the teen's parents, making them appear more culpable than other security forces.
The Israeli prime minister cannot appear soft in dealing with Thursday's kidnapping of three yeshiva students, while the timing is disastrous for the Palestinian president.
Gilad Shalit was held hostage in Gaza for over five years before he was released. In the West Bank, hostages rarely survive.
Dawlat al-Islam is linked to ISIS, the Sunni militant organization behind this week's Iraq insurgency. Validity of claim still being investigated by Israel.
Events in Mosul this week caught everyone off guard, especially the Iraqi army. There are three areas of immediate concern to Israel.
Supplies include anti-tank missiles and light weapons, not advanced anti-aircraft missiles that could possibly endanger civil aviation in neighboring states.
Sources say deployment was coordinated with Israel, in light of the growing threat from Sinai militants.
United States gives Israel $3.1 billion in military aid a year, not including special aid for specific purposes like Iron Dome.