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.
19 years after Madrid and 17 years after Oslo, we find ourselves back at the starting point.
If Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas are indeed planning a war against Israel, they don't need showcase meetings.
Rumblings about the regime will not be enough for Mohammed ElBaradei to challenge for Egypt's presidency.
Tehran is creating a rift between China and the U.S., with Washington arming Taiwan in bid to pressure Beijing.
Tehran is going a little easier on Iran's youth, allowing the screening of a once banned movie and doing little to stop the spread of Valentine's Day swag. Saudi Arabians are looking on with envy.
Assad's old fear that Lebanon might make separate peace with Israel is all but gone.
Tehran has built centers of control across the Middle East and beyond - but remains vulnerable at home.