The case involving alleged multiple rapes at a school has precipitated a nasty war of words between the country's president and opposition leader.
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.
Reports of Israeli involvement in Egypt's handover of two Red Sea islands to the Saudis caused uproar in the Arab world, but don't hold your breath over the prospect of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
King Salman began his political tour last week in Cairo, where the return of the Tiran Straits aroused a political storm in Egypt. Meanwhile, Hamas watches Salman's Turkey visit with bated breath.
MK Zouheir Bahloul's attempt to distinguish between a terrorist and a freedom fighter constitutes an existential threat to Zionism.
Egypt made an excellent deal: It receives an outstanding economic lifeline in exchange for territories that it does not even own. However, this rescue line is also a knotted rope that turns Egypt into a Saudi satellite state.
Tehran’s recent ballistic tests have replaced its nuclear program as the newest battleground between reformists and hardliners.
The Qatar-funded television network is paying the price for its boldness and support of the Muslim Brotherhood. As it downsizes, it needs to reach a new audience.
The timing of the shooting was perfect; Israel was in great need of a hero or seminal event around which the public could rally.
The goal now is to bolster the cease-fire at least until the next round of negotiations. But without agreeing on Assad's future, fighting is likely to resume on all fronts.
Widespread corruption and budget problems make it hard for Iraqi government to fund fight against ISIS.