If Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's choice was wise in 2007, it’s obvious that Netanyahu has failed in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat
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.
It was one of the Israeli army's most successful operations, but was censored for over a decade. Now, a Haaretz investigation goes behind the scenes of the 2007 strike on 'The Cube,' shortly before it became an active nuclear reactor: From the intelligence failures and American foot-dragging, to the arguments at the top levels and the threats of a total war with Syria
Analysis Despite Criticism, Israel Wasn't Wrong to Break the Silence Surrounding the Strike on the Syrian Reactor
It’s doubtful the blackout would have withstood a High Court challenge for much longer, especially considering that many of the details on the 2007 attack had already been published abroad
Syria Strike Revealed The Intelligence Failure: It Took Years for Israel to Discover Syria's Reactor
'The scary thing is that Assad and the North Koreans were building a plutogenic reactor right under our noses for five or six years'
Israel claimed credit for the 2007 attack, 11 years after it was carried out to stop Syria from developing a nuclear capacity with North Korean help
The bullet that killed Sgt. Shachar Strug was fired from the gun of a fellow soldier
The Palestinian president is trapped between a U.S. administration he doesn't trust and the failed reconciliation process with Hamas
New guidelines will limit the number of outside groups who can speak to soldiers doing compulsory service, and emphasis will be on activity ‘that unifies rather than divides’
It would take only one mass-casualty incident – either a Palestinian terror attack or an Israeli operation – to spark a broader military clash
Following Attack, Israel May Move West Bank Separation Barrier, Splitting Palestinian Assailant’s Village
Army considering the move after Friday’s car-ramming attack that killed two soldiers
In recent years, the IDF has identified a continued erosion in the willingness of what the army defines as its highest quality recruits to enlist in field units
State Watchdog Criticizes Israeli Army’s Use of Hannibal Directive for Thwarting Soldier’s Abduction
Despite comptroller's criticism, the report mostly serves as a message for the international court in The Hague: there is no reason for legal proceedings against Israel
Though the senior PA officials escaped with their lives, one thing is clear: Egyptian efforts to effect reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah have suffered a mortal blow
Rami Hamdallah, who was traveling with Palestinian intelligence chief, was unhurt and vows to continue reconciliation efforts ■ Several suspects arrested
Two powerful yet contradictory trends are all but fated to collide: Iran’s insistence on establishing a military presence in Syria, and Israel’s insistence on preventing it
Israeli Army Sets Up 'Consciousness Ops' Unit to Influence Enemy Armies, Foreign Media and Public Opinion
With eye on hearts and minds, Israeli army sets up a new 'soft power' psychological warfare unit
Head of West Bank’s Palestinian Authority was hospitalized for tests in U.S. at end of February
As relations with Turkey grow distant, Arab states are less interested in Palestinians - they care about bartering with Israel ■ On the Syrian front, Israel is being more arrogant than cautious
The legislation, promoted by Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman, is facing sweeping professional objections from the security services
The Fox News report evokes the BBC report from December on a military base for pro-Iranian Shiite militias in Syria. The base was bombed from the air a few weeks later