Israeli officials are also concerned about reports showing Syrian weapons falling into Hezbollah's hands, though it is still unclear whether the Shi'ite organization has gotten hold of chemical weapons.
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.
Israel remains skeptical about the Egyptian announcements, although it sees them as positive signs.
Reports say Iranian officers, Hezbollah militants have supplied arms to Syrian troops and trained them to aid Assad in his months-long effort to crack down on anti-regime protests.
Reports say Iranian officers, Hezbollah militants have supplied arms to Syrian troops and trained them, to aid Assad in his months-long effort to crack down on anti-regime protests in the country.
Senior Haaretz analyst Amos Harel says that a recent rocket attack on the southern town of Eilat shows that Jerusalem, fearing complications with its already tense relations with Egypt, cannot respond to a growing Sinai terror threat.
While the Prime Minister confidently claims he won't call early elections, his government is losing control, with Likud ministers and MK's showing solidarity with the Hebron house, and Ehud Barak acting to evict the settlers.
IDF says that the evacuation of the settlers, who resided in the house for more than two weeks, was completed 'without any unusual events'; officials in PM's office say Netanyahu 'had no choice' but to approve the evacuation.
It was brutal, but restored normalcy on both sides of the Green Line and in essence suppressed terror activity.
Hamas continuing to direct terrorist activity at Israeli targets, despite public statements that it is committed to maintaining calm.
According to security officials, Mohamed Merah entered Israel after crossing the Allenby Bridge from Jordan in September 2010 where he was investigated by the Shin Bet,