While Israel’s journalists do most of their regional reporting from home due to security concerns and budgetary constraints, they, like the rest of the international press, flocked to Egypt to cover the historic protests that took down Hosni Mubarak. Anshel Pfeffer
covers defense issues for the newspaper Haaretz
. He was the first Israeli reporter to arrive in Cairo to cover the massive demonstrations in Tahrir Square. Anshel wrote stories and op-eds challenging the Israeli public to support the pro-democracy movement in Egypt that toppled a longtime ally.