Protesters in Egypt and Israel, fed up with elected officials, have revived democracy .
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.
The change in military top brass following the wholesale resignation of the top military commanders may subordinate the military to civilian rule, reversing the army’s traditional predominance.
With the resignation of Turkey's top four military chiefs, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is making the most of the opportunity to increase state control over the military.
The chairman of Turkey's Yilmazlar construction firm says his company is an innocent victim of the Turkish-Israeli dispute.
The highly misogynistic society still won't let women drive or become lawyers, yet several female sports teams are forming in Jeddah and are hoping for public support to play in the open.
But Turkey's demand is also surprising. If it wanted to impose sanctions on Israel because of the blockade, it didn't need the flotilla or the investigative committee.
Chief adviser to Turkish PM nevertheless cautions that normalization will not happen unless Israel apologizes, offers compensation and lifts the blockade on Gaza.
As in Syria, Israel is quickly progressing to a situation in which the minority controls the majority.
In Syria, a murdered singer/sloganeer and cartoonist are carrying the flag for the anti-regime demonstrations in Hama. But where are all the other artists?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says President Assad has lost all legitimacy, indicating that instead of supporting reforms, Washington may now push for regime change.