In a case like Olmert's, the prosecution not only has the right to appeal, but also the duty, so the appeal is a welcome development.
Under the current prime minister, who vehemently demands that the Palestinian leaders recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, a binational reality has developed in the territories under Israel's control
Let's hope that, come January, the public will elect a new Knesset that is democratic, fair-minded and effective.
Rationality and proper governance must not allow a felon still under indictment to run in the upcoming elections. Israel is not that corrupt and desperate.
The large number of unemployed Arabs, and in particular of unemployed Arab women, should trouble every Israeli citizen.
Hopefully the left and center parties will put the choice between a policy that helps ensure Israel's democratic identity and a policy that ensures a further entrenchment of the occupation and a perpetuation of the conflict at the top of the election agenda.
The real distinctions between the two presidential candidates are faint; the important question is how quickly the next presidential administration can prepare for action, and with how much resolve.
The elections for the 19th Knesset are shaping up to be a referendum on Netanyahu - the man, the platform and the performance.
European Union is preparing legislation to oblige stores to designate products coming from Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
The only democracy in the Middle East, a country that respects the rule of law, is now concocting limits on freedom of speech.