Ex-president's private investigators scandal could be mistaken for Hollywood screenplay.
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.
If another fire like last year's Carmel blaze breaks out, and the crop-duster pilots who were deployed then are not brought back, the new aerial firefighting force will have its work cut out for it.
Declassified documents refer to Menachem Begin as 'leader of notorious terrorist organisation Irgun'.
Israel has been relegated to the status of the mistress who isn't invited to appear in polite (and hypocritical ) company.
Israel's battle against wayward right-wing rabbis summons up a recollection of the fledgling Israeli government's handling of the Altalena affair.
According to Israel's logic, the American pullout from Iraq and Afghanistan leaves inclination in favor of an operation against Iran and disbursements to Israel; the Americans' logic, however, is the exact opposite.
The five Russian scientists were among 44 killed earlier this week; no official investigation of foul play has been opened, though Iranian nuclear experts have in the past been involved in similar accidents.
In two weeks, Operation Entebbe, commanded by former IDF chief of staff Dan Shomron, will mark its 35th anniversary.
The Altalena, carrying members of the right-wing Irgun militia, was sunk in 1948 after arriving in Tel Aviv against the Israeli government's orders.
Due to Netanyahu's obstinate determination to destroy Israel's airborne fire-fighting network, and to re-establish it as part of the Israel Defense Forces, the country's ability to deal with fires has been considerably undermined.