Defense minister to meet with American counterpart in Washington this week and discuss further U.S. aid for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system.
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.
Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon loathes Barak, and he isn't especially fond of Mofaz. Now they, Netanyahu and the rest will be tackling the Iran issue together.
IDF says it will investigate the accident, which left one soldier wounded.
Mofaz has made clear that he does not share Netanyahu's and Barak's sense of urgency that a decision must be made even before this year is out.
Boaz Harpaz's statement was primary reason for comptroller's recommendation to reopen criminal investigation into so-called Harpaz affair.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decides not to reopen probe into corruption charges for now.
Refusal comes days after State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss' filed request based on new information that ostensibly corroborated suspicions raised in the draft report he issued some two months ago.
Despite the diplomatic stalemate and the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israel, the residents of the West Bank do not seem interested in a violent protest.
Senior Haaretz analyst Amos Harel says that, while Netanyahu could opt to launch a unilateral strike on Iran in the coming months, the chances of him doing so with elections looming both in Israel and the U.S. seem slim.
In 2010, Lt. Col. Boaz Harpaz confessed to police that he had forged a document in a bid to keep Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant from being appointed successor to IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.