Until this week, Prime Minister Netanyahu took pride in never having lead Israel into a war. Now he may be on the verge of starting not one but two.
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.
A hero of the kind America loves, the outgoing CIA chief also understood both Israel's security needs and the need to advance peace with the Palestinians.
Israeli president, on visit to Moscow, urges Russian and American counterparts to 'join hands to put an end to the dark terror and threats."
America is looking forward. With all due respect to past experience, the accumulated wisdom of veterans who brought it thus far, it prefers to build its future on the next generation.
Who could lead a camp that would defeat Netanyahu in the January election? Only Shimon Peres. Israel's president has one month to decide whether to resign his position and embark on a historic mission.
If Americans give their president another term of office, he will be free to fulfill his vision - and to influence Israel's election.
Israeli president to meet Russian counterpart in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss Syria, and Iran's nuclear efforts, and Russia to limit weapons sales to Israel's enemies.
Like the U.S., we too have an electoral college made of 'states,' some of which are underrepresented, like Israel's non-Jewish citizens, and some that are disproportionately influential, like settlers and Haredim.
The merger between the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu could certainly lose Netanyahu the vote in the Likud Central Committee.
If the prime minister wants to investigate press leaks, it is the police, not the internal security service, who should handle the job.