Egypt sees Israel as a vital strategic partner in the region. Even if President Sissi pays lip service to the Palestinian issue, his top priority is fighting ISIS.
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 background for the refusal was the group's intention of meeting a Palestinian official barred from Israel for 'embarking on subversive activity within Israeli society that included an attempt to establish political parties.'
Israel's significant role in the struggle against ISIS is recognized by neighboring countries and could be one of the reasons for the improved regional relations, despite differences over the Palestinian issue.
West Bank troop deployments, arrests and roadblocks are like throwing a blanket over a fire. The question is whether the situation will continue after the drive-by shooters are apprehended.
Army chief Gadi Eisenkot is determined to rid the IDF of its entrenched conventions, whether that's on the battlefield or at training bases. The actions of politicians and religious leaders don't make his task any easier.
Turkey, like other countries, is interested in Israeli know-how, and the regime there has no problem with taking Israeli measures to the next level.
Hamas avoids holding talks over the release of two civilians and the return of the bodies of two soldiers, thinking it could wring out a much higher price from Israel in the future.
According to directive, it is permissible to open fire to thwart abductions, even at risk to soldier’s life, but not with aim of killing them so they won't be taken alive. The nuances are difficult to grasp.
The order calls for soldiers to thwart captivity even at the expense of a fellow trooper's life. Many civilian casualties were blamed on its implementation in a 2014 Gaza war.
Living conditions should improve in the Strip and Israel gains a new channel of mediation, even if there won't be joint training of pilots or major new arms deals like in the past.