Senior IDF officers criticize use of aging M113 armored personnel carrier, built in 1960s, which was apparently hit by RPG rockets.
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.
Hamas and Israeli forces are fighting each other on the ground in the Gaza City neighborhood. For Hamas, Shuj'iyya is a new symbol of steadfastness. For the world, the civilian casualties are reason to push for a cease-fire.
Hamas shows no signs of breaking, its spokesmen seemingly swept away by its very success in holding out and refocusing Arab and international attention.
It’s no secret that Jerusalem doesn’t want a full occupation of Gaza, but with boots on the ground, the situation could deteriorate.
Prime Minister Netanyahu says operation's goal to deal with Hamas' tunnels along border.
Hamas still has tunnels under the border into Israel, and despite Israeli claims it's hard to argue that the organization is weaker than before.
IDF fears that, without Hamas, Gaza could descend into a Somalia-like situation, in which dozens of gangs or clans would take over various parts of the strip.
As Israel's operation in Gaza enters its second week, we have an Egyptian cease-fire proposal on the table and a number of preliminary conclusions.
Israel says the intensity of its air strikes has made Hamas more conciliatory; Kerry due in Cairo.
Israel's political and military leaders are being overly optimistic if they think Hamas will cave in without an 'achievement' to show for it.