Defense officials warned that mass unemployment in the Gaza construction industry would have serious defense repercussions for Israel.
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.
Former prime minister criticizes his successor's public wrangle with Obama over Iran, claims Netanyahu tried to drive wedge between Congress and U.S. president.
The bad news: The struggle over the Iran deal has poisoned Israel's relationship with the U.S. The good news: Tehran will be forced to reduce its involvement in terror activities.
Rise in popularity attributed to the increased activity of factions with similar ideology in Egypt's Sinai and the Syrian civil war.
The dilemma facing Israel is whether to continue to clash publicly with the U.S. or try to rehabilitate relations, influence the quality of supervision at the nuclear sites, and help craft a final agreement.
That would be political suicide. Still, the agreement only stops Iran in place; it’s still well-positioned to surge toward a bomb.
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Israel's missile defenses are effective in limited conflicts, but no substitute for diplomacy.
Beirut bomb unlikely to enable Iran to play the victim during renewed nuclear talks in Geneva.
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