The Egyptian president is trying to improve relations between Copts and Muslims, combat terrorism in Sinai and prop up a flagging economy. Maybe one day he'll become the fifth Egyptian to win a Nobel Prize.
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 outcome of the battle between rebels and Assad's forces in the city will have implications for other hot spots in the country, as well as for future diplomatic negotiations.
The Turkish president aims to shape a new model of the state, with himself as the supreme interpreter of values. Paradoxically, his ideas are taken from his archrival Gulen.
The Syrian group's rebranding could allow it to take part in the negotiations over the country's future, while opening a stream of Qatari and Saudi funds. Now, even the U.S. may see it as a partner.
By a twisted logic, Sgt. Elor Azaria can argue that the accusations against him are political, and that the only reason he was arrested was to placate one political side, the left.
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Erdogan's shakeup of the education system is perhaps the most significant. That is the system that will see to it that its graduates know how to vote properly.
A taxi ride and a wait or two in line show me that your typical Israeli should be nicer to the Ethiopians, Arabs and everybody else.
While Kerry and Putin get ready for their embrace, the slaughter continues unfettered; in any case, the struggle in Syria will not affect the course of the war against ISIS.
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