John McCain, who identified with the suffering of the families of the abducted IDF soldiers, represents a firm line against terror.
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.
In the age of missiles, waiting for an enemy to strike first can prove too costly for the population. Now military and political top brass are rethinking the idea of hitting an enemy before receiving a first blow.
Mazuz is no longer such a good boy. His innocence was lost long ago in the corridors of the courts building on Saladin Street.
This season's tension between Israel and Syria serves to bring home the extent of the missed opportunity of those years, as of subsequent decades, following the American display of prowess in Iraq in 1991 and 2003.
The re-emerging Pollard affair highlights a sad truth: There is no central authority in Israel, only separate feudal holdings headed by self-appointed barons. Every minister or chief is an oligarch.
Other countries' assessments that Israel has nuclear weapons and is willing to use them under certain circumstances does indeed deter them from using chemical and biological weapons against it.
Documents released by U.S. show ex-Iraqi dictator told Arafat in 1990 he would use chemical weapons on Israel.
Joint U.S.-Israel military exercises have gone on for years, even as the world in which they take place has changed dramatically. Today the focus is on Israel's 'minor' wars