Draft report of State Comptroller Lindenstrauss names high-ranking officials with personal and ministerial accountability for the fire; top brass of police, fire and rescue work according to chain of command, with government at its apex.
Amir Oren, Senior correspondent and columnist
Amir Oren is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and a member of the newspaper's editorial board. He writes about defense and military affairs, the government and international relations.
While temperatures rise in tents around the country, the army and the police are making rigorous preparation for what may happen after the Palestinians declare statehood.
America's national debt crisis and Pentagon budget cuts are pushing to the margins emergency plans for an operation against Iran.
The current protests are about the high cost of living, but they are also about estrangement: The elected official has forgotten that the voter is the source of his authority.
For the moment, the police are showing restraint in the face of the housing protest, but the new police commissioner, Yohanan Danino, may have to change his tune as things heat up around the country.
Like the inflexibility of Golda, which led to a war which broke the impasse, so Netanyahu's weakness encourages external elements to take the initiative. It is too heavy a strategic burden to bear.
The army’s recent war simulation envisioned Israel being attacked on several fronts. What the scenario left out was the essential ingredient of special-ops units.
After the Yom Kippur War in 1973, U.S. intelligence estimates balance of conventional weaponry was in Arabs' favor, leading Israel to consider threatening them with nuclear weapons.
A deal for the release of Shalit currently appears possible only if Israel knuckles under completely to dictates of Hamas.
Chief of Staff Benny Gantz appoints new team led by Colonel (res. ) Lior Lotan to reexamine evidence on Shalit's whereabouts; Shimson Libman head of free Shalit campaign reacts with scorn to the move.