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 and the correspondent in Washington.
The Katyusha rocket that exploded near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a fortified area home to Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies, instantly turned Iraq into a new focal point of the collision course that Iran and the United States are on.
The convoluted wording used to describe the Syrian front has created two ridiculous terms: “de-escalation zones” and “demilitarized zones.” These definitions were intended to describe those areas in Syria where Russia, Iran, Syria and Turkey have agreed to maintain as relatively safe spaces in which hundreds of thousands of refugees can find a small amount of quiet from the bombings and violent clashes and at least survive until an agreed upon arrangement is found for the country.
Saad Hariri's exit reflects a Saudi ultimatum not only to stop compromising with Hezbollah, but also to resign and put the militia and Tehran in a bind, Zvi Bar'el said in an article published on Haaretz.