The expanded Middle East seems more and more like a wide abaya attempting to cover up both the customer's and the tailor's flaws. As though Washington were saying, if we speak about democracy we won't have to stick our hands into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if we lecture about civil rights we will not have to implement them in Gaza or Saudi Arabia.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.