Quite a few Israelis are concerned that the public's aspiration for renewal and catharsis, which they call 'ganging up,' is liable to be realized, heaven forbid.
Israel Harel is a regular columnist for Haaretz. He is the founder of the Institute for Religious Zionism at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which he headed until 1995.
Harel began working as a journalist in the 1960s, as a young contributor to the Eretz Yisrael Movement's newspaper, This is The Land.
He went on to serve as managing editor of the Hayom daily and in 1972 became the assistant editor for the weekend edition of Ma'ariv, at the time the most widely read newspaper in Israel. In addition to that position, Harel also worked as an investigative reporter on Israeli corruption.
In 1991, Harel was asked by Haaretz to contribute an occasional column and to write as a guest journalist. When Chanoch Marmori took over as editor-in-chief, Harel's column became weekly, and it has appeared every Thursday since.
In three major events he handled as prime minister, Ehud Olmert acted correctly at first. The problems arose when the events required leadership, wisdom, calm and resolve.
For the success of the state's 60th anniversary celebrations, a monitoring committee of intellectuals should be set up, which will consult with all segments of society and establish the content of the events.
Something in my sense of justice revolts against the prominence given to two negative and regretful incidents of racism, just because they took place in Hebron and Kochav Yaakov.
Those who caused the IDF's loss of spirit, including division commanders, are certainly incapable of restoring it. Even though they also failed on the battlefield, they continue to hold senior positions and everything that that entails when it comes to setting of a personal example.
The Negev residents' complaints received no significant attention until a farmer, Shai Dromi, took the law into his hands last week and killed an intruder on his ranch.
Shall one who acknowledges a wrong and leaves that path be forgiven? If they were to prove they learned from the errors of the disengagement. But the decisions made during the Lebanon war show that Olmert and Livni didn't learn anything.
In order to resolve the crisis, it is necessary to take biblical measures: Burn the accursed thing - the personal and public corruption in all its forms and shapes - before it burns us.
The main discussion of the declarations of Syrian President Bashar Assad centers around the question of whether he wants peace or is conducting sophisticated psychological warfare to moderate American hostility.