Even though Dylan's prize was a surprise and a bit controversial, it seems the Swedish Academy deserves thanks for its willingness to blur - even if only for one year - the lines separating 'high' and 'low' art.
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.
The open criticism of the Palestinian Authority and the succession battle as Abbas ages could accelerate a new round of attacks.
The bolstering of Moscow's bases and air defense systems in Syria complicates the situation for the U.S. - and Israel as well.
America's seeming apathy in light of Russia's war crimes in Syria, undertaken in support of the Assad regime, sparks questions in Israel and elsewhere about Washington’s true commitment to defending its allies and friends in a crisis.
With a single rocket, a Salafi group embarrassed the sovereign in the Strip while portraying itself as leading the fight against Israel.
Two years after Operation Protective Edge, a visit to an army base suggests the IDF has learned a valuable lesson — designing more complex training exercises and focusing on an underground threat.
The PA security forces are dissuading youths from taking part in violence and have gone back to arresting Hamas people. Israel’s efforts are helping too.
Only two of Israel's ministers showed up for one of IDF's largest and more complex exercises simulating war on all fronts.
The army’s demographic makeup is becoming more religious and gender inclusive; it should be commended for trying to consider everyone.
Hazan, who has admitted to visiting strip clubs, this time visited a firing range and passed out business cards.