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.
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.
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
Four-day exercise part of Juniper Falcon training series conducted by the U.S. Air Force in Europe, Israel.
When their helicopter takes off tomorrow for a tour of Israel from the sky, Senator John McCain and Defense Minister Ehud Barak will hope it is a rerun of the 1998 precedent: a flight over Israel by then-governor George W. Bush, who later went on to win the presidency.
Bush and Cheney are encountering more opposition to their Iran policies within their own security establishment.