Raw materials are short, unemployment is raging and inflation has soared - but there have been no signs of civil revolt
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.
Someone on the Israeli side has to start talking and not just think about 'appreciation' and 'respect.'
The Muslim Brotherhood has won the presidency and nearly half the seats in the Egyptian parliament, but it will still have to tread lightly with its domestic and foreign policies.
Why shouldn't we get all panicky, even if it's premature? Why not call it a threat, and embrace it?
As the battle continues between fragmented rebel forces and a weakening Syrian army, the West is realizing it can no longer stand idly by.
While it will likely continue to be intensely critical of Israel over the Palestinian issue, the Muslim Brotherhood could turn out to be a de facto ally in other areas.
Egypt, regardless of its president, will continue to be a state of institutions that balance each other out.
Senior Turkish Foreign Ministry official says killing of nine Turkish nationals could have been prevented, demands Israel apologize, offer compensation and lift Gaza blockade.
The trial soon resumes of a journalist accused of belonging to a group trying to overthrow Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. When it comes to maintaining freedom of speech, Turkey is among Europe's worst.
Kingship, as opposed to democracy, has always been the characteristic Jewish form of government. Bibi is just returning to his roots.