With friends like Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt doesn't need enemies. It’s still got lots, though - mainly in the Egyptian military.
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.
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European position will likely influence Washington, which has appeared confused, and has been inconsistent since Morsi was overthrown in July.
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