In the Israel of 2009 there is far more homophobia among secular Israelis than they care to admit.
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.
Somewhere, perhaps in a refugee camp in terrible poverty, lives the family of the farmer who plowed the land where my house now stands.
Israelis can enjoy themselves and also play the victim, party and gripe. Where else is there a place like this?
The fact that Southern Command chief Gallant does not hesitate to kill civilians will only help his career.
Kadima has nothing to offer: This refugee party never had anything genuine except for Ariel Sharon.
A frightened, scared Netanyahu could prevent an unnecessary Israeli adventure in Iran.
One of the best-armed forces in the world is chasing children, examining old people's documents and entering bedrooms to make arrests.
Every few weeks there's a shortage of another item in Gaza. Water is in sufficient supply for the time being, but electricity is intermittent.
Netanyahu was left stark naked. A prime minister without an agenda is the worst possible news for Israel. "Mr. Terror" without terrorism, "Mr. Iran" without Iran. Even a Thatcherite without Thatcherism, which has breathed its last breath.