While the Lebanese information minister was declaring this week that Israel is looking for excuses to attack Lebanon, Israel Defense Forces soldier Louie Mar'i was being wheeled out of the operating room at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, where both of his legs had just been amputated.
It would be appropriate that now, after the Mombassa attack and after the failed attempt to down an Israeli plane full of passengers, and with the government deliberating over how to protect El Al planes from Al-Qaida missiles, that the state attorneys rethink their attitude to terrorist activity.
Iraq's declaration of its activities in pursuit of nuclear arms sphere did not provide any details about the states and private companies that supplied its procurement program. For reasons that remain unclear, the UN Security Council failed to demand that Baghdad divulge such details.
Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon's criticism of American policy regarding Yasser Arafat, expressed at a closed session of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has drawn the most attention, but the harshest exchanges actually took place at the meeting between Ya'alon and Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Global cooperation must be expressed in international treaties, an effort to control the funding sources of the terrorists, their helpers and their movements, and through extraditions. Most important is rapid intelligence cooperation.
A statement titled "Letter to the American People," allegedly written by bin Laden and disseminated over the Internet a few days before Thursday's double attack in Mombasa, for the first time claims that Israel's very existence is the main reason why al-Qaeda has declared war on the United States.
Israel has failed miserably in its military confrontation with the Palestinians on three counts: to halt the transfer of money that fuels Palestinian terror, to stop the massive arms smuggling and to block the shipments of chemicals to the territories.
This week's government decision to grant a campaign ribbon to all the soldiers who served in the War of Attrition, on all fronts and in all armed forces, finally corrects a long-standing offense against them. During that war, 918 soldiers and civilians died and some 4,000 were wounded.
The Palestinian Authority's Preventive Security Organization in the Gaza Strip has set up a factory for producing large quantities of nitric acid, the most important chemical in making explosives, according to a secret PA document seized in an IDF raid last week.