"Yasser Arafat is behaving as if he were Marie Antoinette, despite not resembling her in any aspect. When the French Revolution began ..., she asked: `Why are they rebelling?' And she was told that they have no bread and are hungry. She replied: `Let them eat cake.' The Fatah rebels were torching the Palestinian Authority office in Khan Yunis when Arafat asked his famous question: `Crisis? What crisis?'"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.