Avi Issacharoff, The Times of Israel

Avi Issacharoff

The Times of Israel

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Past articles by Avi:

Latest flare-up of Gaza border violence leaves Israel with few good options

Hamas went ahead with mass rally and inevitable riots, even after deal over resupply of Qatari funds; Bennett, just like his predecessor, has to carefully gauge Israel's response → Read More

Lebanon is sliding back to the Stone Age, and Iran couldn’t be happier about it

Israel's northern neighbor is facing water, electricity and medicine shortages and its prospective new government won't weaken Hezbollah; will the PA suffer similar disaster? → Read More

With Lebanon in dire straits, Hezbollah seeks to cast Iran as country’s savior

Amid near-complete economic and political collapse, Tehran-backed terror group increases its hold on Lebanon and could try to have Islamic Republic fill the power vacuum → Read More

Why Hamas (most of all) and Netanyahu (for now) are the winners of this mini-war

The losers, needless to say, are the citizens of Gaza and Israel, as the Islamist terror group makes strategic gains beyond even its own expectations → Read More

While Israel makes tactical gains, Hamas is proving the strategic victor

Four insights into a conflict which highlights that Israel's 12-year policy of seeking to placate the Gaza monster must change → Read More

Hamas thinks Israel will want to end this conflict quickly; it could be wrong

The terror group got its 'victory pictures' but has no exit plan for the violence it started, Gaza is paying a heavy price, and Netanyahu may not rush to end the IDF counterstrikes → Read More

The Jerusalem butterfly effect: What Hamas stands to gain from Gaza rocket fire

The terror group's controlled escalation in the south sends a clear message to Israel over Jewish extremists' actions in the capitol, while bolstering its credentials internally → Read More

Barghouti calls for Palestinian leadership primaries as heat turns up for Israel

Terrorist jailed by Israel for murder challenges Abbas; if he wins, it could put the Jewish state in a serious bind → Read More

Iran trying to deepen roots in Syria despite signs it may no longer be welcome

An article from an Assad ally suggests that Damascus may be looking to shift away from the Shiite axis even as Tehran tries to build up local support with Lebanon-style project → Read More

Iran’s options to hit Israel for nuke chief’s killing reach far beyond Hezbollah

While Lebanese terror group may be keen to stay out of the fight, precision rocket tech is reaching Gaza and accurate cruise missiles are within the grasp of groups in Iraq → Read More

Creeping in through Syria, Iran is just a border fence away from Israel

Via its proxy Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, Tehran has all but succeeded in opening a second front against the Jewish state; in Gaza, Hamas wields coronavirus to deflect unrest → Read More

Biden’s victory prompts great expectations in Ramallah, quite possibly too great

PA is anticipating a possible White House invite for Abbas, the reopening of its DC offices, and resumed aid. It may be over-confident, and there's a two-month transition first → Read More

Israel-Arab accords an earthquake for Palestinians, who pin their hopes on Biden

Sudan deal has deepened the shock in Ramallah, which is digging in despite impatience among erstwhile Sunni supporters. The Palestinians aren't going anywhere, but the PA might be → Read More

Twenty years since the Al-Aqsa Intifada, what do Palestinians hope for now

Optimism generated by the Oslo Accords has long-since given way to grave pessimism regarding the possibility of ever resolving the conflict → Read More

Abbas plays a misguided waiting game, as Hamas eyes his presidency

After the Abraham Accords 'betrayal,' PA head is apparently betting things will improve with a president Biden or 2nd-term Trump. But the Palestinian public has had its fill of him → Read More

With the Israel-UAE-Bahrain deals, ‘undeniable Palestinan truths’ no longer hold

Axioms the Palestinians imposed on the Arab world for decades -- notably including the eschewing of all normalization with Israel -- are crumbling before their horrified eyes → Read More

UAE deal shows Arab-Israel conflict starting to come apart before our eyes

Israel finds itself in a place of honor in the moderate Sunni camp against the extremist Shiites; there are even signs of a certain shift in Hamas → Read More

‘Betrayal,’ with a personal touch: Why the PA is so angry at the Israel-UAE deal

Abbas is boiling at the bypassing of the Palestinian cause. But all his would-be successors are also seething over the return to center-stage of UAE-based pretender Mohammad Dahlan → Read More

Hezbollah, Lebanon’s enemy within, remains untouchable despite port catastrophe

The terror group is in a sensitive position given its role in weakening the country -- but while protestors fume, they cannot and dare not muster truly meaningful opposition → Read More

With Lebanon in virus lockdown, Hezbollah can’t afford an Israel flare-up — yet

The terror group has managed to portray itself as the great defender against the ravages of COVID-19. It would rather avoid a second front, against Israel... at least for now → Read More