It was ludicrous for Israel to demand that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry "calm the public" in Egypt: The public in Egypt is looking for answers, not "calm." It wants to be convinced that its government is not sweeping the bodies of Egyptian soldiers under the dunes of Sinai to blunt criticism of Israel, and that the government of Israel is not deceiving its government.0 comments
Zvi Bar'el is the Middle Eastern affairs analyst for Haaretz Newspaper. He is a columnist and a member of the editorial board. Previously he has been the managing editor of the newspaper, the correspondent in Washington and has also covered the Occupied Territories.
Bar'el has been with Haaretz since 1982, and has written extensively on the Arab and Islamic world. In 2009, he was awarded the Sokolov prize for lifetime achievement in print journalism.
Bar'el has a Ph.D in the History of the Middle East. He teaches at Sapir Academic College and is a research fellow at the Truman Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as at the Center for Iranian Studies.