A return to Israel's south a week after the rockets from Gaza have fallen silent.
Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper's editorial board.
Levy joined Haaretz in 1982, and spent four years as the newspaper's deputy editor. He is the author of the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 25 years, as well as the writer of political editorials for the newspaper.
Levy was the recipient of the Euro-Med Journalist Prize for 2008; the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001; the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997; and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996.
His new book, The Punishment of Gaza, has just been published by Verso Publishing House in London and New York.
It wasn't Ashton who lost her senses, but rather Israel, which is playing the role of the eternally offended party, once again seen in a maudlin light.
Even the strongest supporters of an attack - whose numbers, scarily, are increasing - admit there is no chance that Iran will sit idly by, and that an Israeli attack will be countered by a ferocious response.
This week, Israel was again split into two states for two peoples: the state of the south and the state of all the rest.
In an alert civil society - you keep things clean and throw the Bamba in the garbage bin. However on the other side of the colorful bag of snacks lurks a destructive apathy.
The cyclical ritual of bloodletting between Israel and Gaza always prompts two questions: 'Who started it?' and 'Whose is bigger?'
Many locals in the Druze village of Majdal Shams are tormented by the thought that Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be toppled, even if they can't voice their fears.
Netanyahu has built his career on being an alarmist, with an impressive record of incessant fearmongering.
Israel doesn't know when to stop, and it could pay dearly as a result.
The workers at the Pri Hagalil factory who fought its closure are overjoyed to be back on the job, but know the roller-coaster ride isn't over yet.