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Shlomi Eldar


Shlomi Eldar is a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse. For the past two decades, he has covered the Palestinian Authority and especially the Gaza Strip for Israel’s Channels 1 and 10, and has reported on the emergence of Hamas. In 2007, he was awarded the Sokolov Prize, Israel’s most important media award, for this work. He has published two books: Eyeless in Gaza (2005), which anticipated the Hamas victory in the subsequent Palestinian elections, and Getting to Know Hamas (2012). Eldar directed the documentary film Precious Life, official selection of the 2010 Telluride and Toronto International film festivals, and winner of the Ophir Award (the Israeli Oscar for documentary filmmaking). He has a masters degree in Middle Eastern studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and lives in Ness Tsiona.

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Hamas-Fatah reconciliation an opportunity for Israel

By  Shlomi Eldar | Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Israel should realize that, by virtue of Hamas' integration into PLO institutions, the group has tacitly come to terms with Israel's existence.

Abbas proposes discussing borders of future state

By  Shlomi Eldar | Tue, Apr 22, 2014
The Palestinian formula for the resumption of talks with Israel includes discussion of borders issue, which is not only the aim of negotiations but also the only way to sell renewed talks to the Palestinian public.

Israeli settlers attack IDF, Palestinians

By  Shlomi Eldar | Thu, Apr 10, 2014
The Palestinians living in the villages near the Yitzhar settlement were not surprised this week at the violence perpetrated by the settlers on IDF soldiers: “If this is what they do to the soldiers, think what they do to us.”

Abbas falls into prisoner release trap

By  Shlomi Eldar | Wed, Apr 2, 2014
The release of Palestinian prisoners has been diverted from a trust-building measure to a decisive issue for the negotiations' advancement and for the credibility of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vis-a-vis his people.

Jenin and Nablus refugee camps: enclaves of fear

By  Shlomi Eldar | Tue, Mar 25, 2014
The dire economic situation, coupled with disappointment in the Palestinian Authority, have turned West Bank refugee camps into enclaves of violence, led by armed youths from various organizations.
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