Turkey wants to crack down on coverage of terror attacks, for fear wide reportage of events will spur more violence
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.
But the real threat is that in all the maneuvering and focus on aid flotillas, Israel has let the Iranian nuclear threat become overshadowed.
The Palestinian Authority and Egypt watch as the ripples from the 'freedom flotilla' could dissipate into a minor PR success for the Gaza leadership and prove to be a trap.
The Iranian president has spurned his base in a bid to placate the reformists, but critics ask why he is even worried about the 'lost' movement.
Erdogan suddenly finds himself having to defend Turkey from being labeled as a pan-Islamic country and a supporter of terror
Rather than investigating Israel's deadly raid of the Gaza-bound aid flotilla, an international inquiry should look into how Israel managed to sell its destructive Gaza policies to the countries of the world.
Turkish military continues to operate Israeli-made drones, despite recent political tensions between Ankara and Jerusalem; Turkish sources say no decision has been made to formally freeze defense deals with Israel.
For Turkish journalists, losing your job is the best case scenario. Should they fail to toe the government's, or their owner's line, they could end up in jail for life
When it turns out that this country has managed to acquire so many "enemies," there is a suspicion that maybe we're not talking about paranoia or a successful public-relations spin, but actual strategy.
As the Iranian regime's control over the country's streets and the universities crumbles, the likelihood of a revolution is steadily increasing.