Avi Issacharoff, The Times of Israel's Middle East analyst, fills the same role for Walla, the leading portal in Israel. He is also a guest commentator on many different radio shows and current affairs programs on television. Until 2012, he was a reporter and commentator on Arab affairs for the Haaretz newspaper. He also lectures on modern Palestinian history at Tel Aviv University, and is currently writing a script for an action-drama series for the Israeli satellite Television "YES." Born in Jerusalem, he graduated cum laude from Ben Gurion University with a B.A. in Middle Eastern studies and then earned his M.A. from Tel Aviv University on the same subject, also cum laude. A fluent Arabic speaker, Avi was the Middle East Affairs correspondent for Israeli Public Radio covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq and the Arab countries between the years 2003-2006. Avi directed and edited short documentary films on Israeli television programs dealing with the Middle East. In 2002 he won the "best reporter" award for the "Israel Radio” for his coverage of the second intifada. In 2004, together with Amos Harel, he wrote "The Seventh War - How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians." A year later the book won an award from the Institute for Strategic Studies for containing the best research on security affairs in Israel. In 2008, Issacharoff and Harel published their second book, entitled "34 Days - The Story of the Second Lebanon War," which won the same prize.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential compound in Ramallah on December 12, 2013. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told US Secretary of State John Kerry he was willing to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a Lebanese satellite television channel citing unnamed Palestinian officials.
Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanese channel considered close to Hezbollah, reported Sunday morning that Abbas had agreed to meet with Netanyahu in order “to bridge the gap in the controversial issues between the two sides.”
According to the report, which cited Palestinian officials as their source, Abbas delivered this message to Kerry during their last meeting in Ramallah, even noting that he’s willing to meet Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and the “radical minister,” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett.
Kerry and Abbas met in Ramallah last Friday in a meeting that lasted just 20 minutes after US security personnel cut it short in order to spirit Kerry out of Ramallah ahead of the worst of the weekend’s unprecedented snowstorm.
Last week, Al-Mayadeen reported, again citing unnamed Palestinian officials, that there were “positive developments” in the US-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.