For two generations Americans have been daring to ask themselves - recently more vociferously - whether Israel is an asset or a liability.
Amir Oren, Senior correspondent and columnist
Amir Oren is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and a member of the newspaper's editorial board. He writes about defense and military affairs, the government and international relations.
Contrary to accusations, says Ze'ev Almog, Hagel opposed closing center serving U.S. troops in Haifa and backed $50 million grant to upgrade facilities at Haifa Port.
The dispute over an Israeli campaign against Iran provided the backdrop to the clash between the Barak camp - Defense Minister Ehud Barak and members of his bureau - and then-IDF chief Gabi Ashkenazi and his associates.
The people who tried to oust these individuals discovered that they became boomerangs that landed right back in their faces.
The speed at which the police moves will determine whether, and how many, more cases might be opened against former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Israel doesn't gain time but borrows it at an exorbitant rate, because down the road is a world ever more hostile to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policies.
The convicted Israeli-American spy's statements under questioning after his imprisonment in the U.S. have been published by the National Security Archive in Washington.
The foreign minister will indeed stand trial for fraud and breach of trust, and will most likely be forced to leave the government; but the Israeli public's sense of justice received a mortal blow, from the top agents of law enforcement.
The report, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, predicts that with the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and eventually Afghanistan, support for Israel will remain the last cause for Muslim anti-U.S. sentiments.