Egyptian intelligence officials believe that the implementation of a disengagement plan in the Gaza Strip without an orderly transfer of power to an agreed-upon authority will create a political and security vacuum, and could result in the creation of a Palestinian mini-state in Gaza ruled by radical organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.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.