Gaydamak's improved standing in Kremlin may indirectly help him in his plans to run for Mayor of J'lem.
Lily Galili is a Haaretz correspondent, analyst on Israeli society and an expert on immigration from the former Soviet Union, and its political, cultural and social impact on Israeli society.
Galili joined Haaretz in 1982 as a media correspondent. During the first Lebanon war, when she was the first woman reporter to enter Lebanon, Galili gained vast experience in covering both military and civil protest groups, a field of expertise that reflects all changes in Israeli social and political development. Over the years. she has extensively covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a focus on personal stories, and the Arab citizens of Israel.
Galili is a Nieman Fellow from Harvard and a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, with a Master's Degree in communicaton.
She is currently working on a book on the 20 years of mass immigration to Israel from the former Soviet Union.
The Brothers Kaczynski, the identical-twin president and prime minister of Poland, are scandal-plagued but likely to remain in power.
Deprived of legal status, freedom of movement and other rights, foreign residents married to Palestinians anxiously await next week's High Court hearing on what they see as a malicious policy that prevents family reunification.
In 5767, government continued to decline, and the people responded by distancing itself from the political establishment. 'People make a distinction between the government and the state,' says one Kiryat Shmona resident.
If any further proof were needed of this year's ideological bankruptcy, it is provided by the shift in public discourse from criticizing refusal to serve to denouncing draft dodgers.
A dreadful sense of isolation, mixed with a pinch of cynicism hangs over the public - which has lost faith not only in the state and its leaders, but also in those who explain and inform on their behalf.
Rights group accuses Civil Admin. official of negligent homicide for refusing to let dying teen into Israel.