An inside look at the 15-minute blame game in the Kerry-Netanyahu phone call, the surprising speech of the Saudi foreign minister and the new UN bid that was turned down at the last moment.
Barak Ravid is the diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz newspaper. He joined Haaretz in April 2007, covering the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defense, dealing with issues such as U.S.-Israeli relations, EU-Israeli relations and the peace process.
Before joining Haaretz, Barak Ravid worked for two years for Maariv daily newspaper, spending a year covering the Palestinian Authority and a year as a diplomatic correspondent.
Ravid has a BA in the history of the Middle East from the University of Tel Aviv. He served for six years as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, and concluded his service with the rank of captain. He and his wife live in Tel Aviv.
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Outgoing U.S. secretary of state told Israeli prime minister that should any UN resolution be put forward in the coming days, the U.S. would oppose it.