In effect, the army is circumventing the civil system. It sets policy and implements it without any supervision from either the civil legal authorities or the political authorities.
It's clear the new Netanyahu government won't stress social justice and that the 2011 movement's apolitical approach failed.
There are many factors to the weakening of ties between the Diaspora and Israel, but in order to fight any of them, Israeli leadership must recognize the legitimacy of approaches which differ from its own.
Ben-Gurion's failure to separate religion and state from the beginning has created a situation in which a religious minority exerts extraordinary control over Israeli society.
Mitzna is chiefly imitating Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman, who has no need to fear his party's primaries, constitution or institutions and does whatever he feels like, both in the party and in the cabinet.
There is no disagreement any more that Israel's democracy is sick and weakened at the core. The signs are many: Prime ministers and senior ministers do what they want, and many of them have proved to be corrupt.
Eli Yishai is only one minister in the government, all of whose members are responsible for the Carmel fire disaster.
The experience of top army officers who tried their hand at politics has been negative, on the whole.
Examining the views of American Jews toward Israel is crucial in light of both the U.S. midterm elections and the Jewish Agency reform program initiated by Natan Sharansky.
The education minister's recent remarks will only exacerbate the deterioration of Israeli democracy itself.
Even if Obama encounters further difficulties during his term, he can still resolve the Mideast conflict.
Instead of preparing for an attack on Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas, the government should be investing a lot more in attempts to resolve conflict.
The public should not allow itself to be dragged into supporting a destructive military operation.
New light on a gifted member of the Israeli establishment, who made a name for himself in foreign policy in the first two decades of the state
"Da'at Yakhid: Dvarim Bikhtav Ube'al Peh, 1960-2001" ("A Single Voice") by Amnon Rubinstein, Schocken Publishing, 272 pages, NIS 69.
A senior diplomat's view of a half-century's fruitless search for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian impasse