Shlomi Eldar is a contributing writer 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 master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and lives in Ness Tsiona.
Professor Eyal Zisser, expert on Syria, explains to Shlomi Eldar the divisions and discord among the Kurds living where the Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish borders converge, and how this will impact the future of Syria.
The attack in Syria may be considered a short term military success, but in the long run it might prove costly, based upon the lessons from previous Israeli military interventions, writes Shlomi Eldar.
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, the deputy foreign minister of the Hamas government, Dr. Ghazi Hamad, explains the far-reaching change in attitudes under way in his movement and the unchanged approach of not recognizing Israel.
In an interview with Shlomi Eldar, Yara Mashour, editor of the Arabic-language magazine Lilac, describes herself as a liberated woman who is not afraid of shattering conventions, both in Arab and Israeli society.
Shlomi Eldar considers what a meeting between former Prime Minister Menachem Begin and current US president Barack Obama would have looked like, being reminded of Begin’s meetings with President Jimmy Carter, which paved the way for a peace agreement with Egypt.
As a step toward international recognition, Hamas is seeking to be removed from the US terrorist organizations list, and for that purpose even considers acknowledging Israel in its 1967 borders, reveals Shlomi Eldar.
Amal Abu Sayyaf, a doctoral candidate from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, levels some harsh charges against the tolerance shown by Israeli society toward the phenomenon of oppressed Arab women, writes Shlomi Eldar.
Israel doesn’t understand the depth of the problem but, as Shlomi Eldar determines, the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israel is the Achilles heel of any peace agreement and could set the region on fire again.
When the IDF assisted seven wounded Syrian rebels who reached the Israeli border, it was a one-time event, but Shlomi Eldar suggests that Israel open a field hospital to plant the seeds of reconciliation.
Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, explains to interviewer Shlomi Eldar why he challenged the rules of official protocol at the president's house, and protested on behalf of his Palestinian employees who were searched like criminal suspects before meeting the president.
For the second time in four months, the IDF opened the crossing points, allowing thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank to visit Israel, a rare opportunity to cross the physical and psychological fence separating both people, writes Shlomi Eldar.
In an interview with Shlomi Eldar, NGO Ir Amim Executive Director Yehudit Oppenheimer expresses her concern that Israel has already reached the point of no return in approving construction plans east of Jerusalem and erasing any hope for a future agreement with the Palestinians.
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