The truly sad days were those in which a man who was tourism minister, transportation minister and president harassed and raped.
Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper's editorial board.
Levy joined Haaretz in 1982, and spent four years as the newspaper's deputy editor. He is the author of the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 25 years, as well as the writer of political editorials for the newspaper.
Levy was the recipient of the Euro-Med Journalist Prize for 2008; the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001; the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997; and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996.
His new book, The Punishment of Gaza, has just been published by Verso Publishing House in London and New York.
Five days suffice to shatter some stereotypes and to arouse sympathy, compassion and admiration for the Japanese.
While the villages were busy clearing away ruins and rescuing bodies - and increasingly high levels of radiation were measured - it seemed like life as usual in Tokyo.
Catastrophe inches closer every day, and the radiation map on the front page of the Japan Times just gets worse. It seems, more than ever, that Fukushima could become Hiroshima.
This tsunami swept away the saccharine illusion that technology and economic prosperity are a guarantee of a better future.
Smoke billowed upward from the crippled nuclear plant, prompting the unavoidable question of whether Fukushima would turn into Hiroshima
Monday the residents returned, removing the sludge by hand and with wheelbarrows, and forming mountains in front of each house from the contents.
For someone coming here from a country where two days of nonstop rain is considered a natural disaster, it's impossible to comprehend this calm and restraint.
Our diplomatic corps today is comprised primarily of spineless propagandists void of values or a conscience. Though some identify with the current government's policies, a large portion of them oppose the state's conduct. They are nothing more than puppets in an ugly show window.
An old rattletrap, some despondent villagers, a unit of Civil Administration soldiers and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.