Hamas seeks return to 'Shi’ite bosom' of Iran and Hezbollah, but times have changed.
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 dilemma facing Hamas is whether to trust Egypt, Israel and the U.S. that they will agree to discuss the opening of Gaza after a cease-fire goes into effect or to insist on receiving a detailed commitment in advance.
We on the superficial left need you. Just stop protesting against the Gaza war and forget about the Nakba, O.K.?
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