Claims that the Palestinian president was suffering from pneumonia have been rejected, but Israel believes the 82-year-old’s time in charge is drawing to an end
Amos Harel is one of Israel's leading media experts on military and defense issues. He has been the military correspondent and defense analyst for Haaretz for the last 12 years. In this role, he has written extensively about Israel's ongoing fight against terrorist organizations, its battles during the Palestinian Intifadah (uprising) and the last war in Lebanon.
Prior to his current position, Harel, 41, spent four years as night editor for the Haaretz Hebrew print edition, and from 1999-2005 was the anchorman on a weekly Army Radio program about defense issues. He also frequently appears in the Israeli and foreign media as a military pundit.
Along with Avi Issacharoff, Harel co-wrote "The Seventh War: How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians", a 2004 book about the second Intifadah. The book- a best-seller in Israel - has been translated into French and Arabic, and won the prestigious Chechic award in 2005, for outstanding security research.
Harel and Issacharoff's second book, "34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah and the War in Lebanon", about the war of 2006 was published in Hebrew in January 2008, and also became a best-seller. It was published in English, by Palgrave-Macmillan Books, in April 2008. "34 Days" also won the Chechic award in 2009.
Harel is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, with a bachelor's degree in Law. He is married with three children and lives in Hod Hasharon, in central Israel.
Members of the IDF general staff say recent weeks have been most volatile in decade. Netanyahu waited too long to take action on Gaza's economic crisis, fearing he'd appear conciliatory to Hamas
Even Arab media outlets are admiring the Israel Air Force’s achievements over Syria’s skies, and Hezbollah leader Nasrallah probably won't want to wreck Lebanon's tourist season
Hamas initially rejected Egypt's offers to open Rafah border crossing if they cancelled planned protests. After Monday’s bloodletting, Hamas apparently decided to restrain the demonstrations
Hamas has been preparing for months for a storming of the fence, knowing it would end in dozens of deaths – a result voices in Israel warned would come should Gaza's economic crisis not be eased
But even if the violence dies down, Israel doesn’t have a real policy in the Strip other than firmly refusing Hamas’ demands
Tuesday's events will show whether Hamas will actually rein in violence. Israeli officials: The organization is not headed for war, but seeks an easing of restrictions in the Strip
Israel warned Hamas on Monday that it might strike senior Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip if protests continue. 59 Palestinians killed in Monday's clashes
Analysis Israel Braces for Incendiary Week in Gaza, West Bank as Tensions With Iran Expected to Ease
The main risk of escalation will come from major protests planned along the border on May 14 and 15 - with 100,000 protesters expected ■ Despite lull, no hint that Iran is considering putting a stop to establishing itself militarily in Syria
The question now is if one-crisis city Washington has the inability to carry out long-term planning ■ Meanwhile, the IDF's blow to Iran in Syria was severe. But Israel mustn't become overconfident
Thus far West Bank residents have been indifferent about the events on the Gaza border, and even the Israeli army is having trouble predicting the crowds that West Bank protests will draw Tuesday
In first, Israel accuses Iran of attacking its territory ■ 23 militants, 18 of them foreigners, reported killed ■ Russia: Syria shot down half of Israeli missiles
High alert in northern Israel expected to go on for several days ■ Israel beefs up security around embassies abroad for fear of Iranian attack
Analysis Iran's Entrenchment in Syria Set Back Months After Most Extensive Israeli Strike in Decades
Israel thwarted Iran's revenge attack, struck dozens of Iranian military sites ■ Tehran could still use its big gun, Hezbollah, but is likely to reconsider its policy ■ Israeli politicians' arrogance poses a danger
Israeli jets hit Syria's air defenses after they fired dozens of missiles at them during the strike ■ Damage joins destruction of three other batteries during February's Iran drone incident
8 Iranians said killed in Damascus strike ■ Israel opens shelters in north ■ Third Israeli action in 10 days may force Iran to reconsider nature, timing of payback
Without indirect negotiations or a willingness to consider significant relief for the Strip, it will be hard to prevent potential deaths on May 15
Analysis Iran Seeks Revenge on Israel Without Claiming Responsibility – Taking a Page From Israel’s Playbook
Despite Iran's retaliation plans, Israel is determined to keep up the pressure to uproot any Iranian presence from Syria, believing Tehran will blink first
Officials believe Iran is determined to retaliate for the April 9 strike on Syria’s T4 base, which killed 7 Iranian military advisers and members of the Revolutionary Guards ■ Israel's anti-missile defense systems 'prepared' to handle strike from Syria, sources say
According to intelligence assessments, the organization is still in dire distress and is currently more open to discussing options it rejected in the past