Before he was a columnist, Akiva was a diplomatic correspondent - one of Israel's best. That is when I got to know him and we became friends. He was one of the most astute and informed observers of US-Israel relations. As to his body of work as columnist, one can disagree with his opinions - as I sometimes have. But he has always brought integrity and love of country to his work. Those who malign him personally -usually from a very safe and comfortable distance - ought to consider what kind of Israel it is they want. One where voices like Akiva's are muted? If so, then they should look to Russia, China and the Arab world for a media that is a mirror of government views. Israel is a stronger and healthier society for having Akiva Eldar taking part in its national conversation.
Ofir Akunis officially replaces Danny Danon as minister of science, technology, and space (Haaretz)
from the article: Akiva Eldar, thanks to you, Israel’s youth will see peace