Senior Israeli official says rebels currently don't pose a threat to Israeli security.
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.
The army’s original battle plans were thrown out, soldiers had to improvise while fighting in the tunnels and the intelligence on Hamas’ intentions was wrong. It seems the only thing Israel got right about the war was the victory parties in Gaza.
IDF coming in for growing criticism over its performance, mostly from unnamed cabinet ministers, as it seeks $5.6 billion in additional funding.
Israel chalked up several military achievements; however the sense is that the 50-day war did not end in victory or failure, but rather in a somewhat doleful tie.
IDF no longer facing Syrian army, but Nusra Front - and behind it, Islamic State.
The head of Hamas’ political bureau appears to be the last obstacle to a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian organizations in the Gaza Strip.
Army still believes that reoccupying Gaza would cost hundreds of Israeli lives, take several weeks and would need to be followed by months-long systematic campaign of clearing out the terror networks.
Visit to Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon cancelled after security detail comes under fire.
Prolonged escalation that paralyzes the south may force the IDF into returning to Gaza in a large ground offensive directed against Hamas’ rule.
Though the efficacy of targeted assassinations has been questioned in the past, it appears that with Thursday's killings Hamas has been thrown off balance for the first time.