Israel has been relegated to the status of the mistress who isn't invited to appear in polite (and hypocritical ) company.
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.
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.
Schwimmer, an American citizen born in New York, was convicted in 1950 of violating the Neutrality Act for smuggling planes to Israel during the 1948 War of Independence.
Contrary to what some would have the public believe, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan is not in favor of the Iranian nuclear program; the real issue dividing the defense establishment today is how best to prevent its development.
A future investigation will likely focus on issues of substance and of procedure: how and why the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to war with Iran despite warnings by senior military and intelligence figures.