When 15 rabbinic court judges, 12 of whom are ultra-Orthodox, were selected Monday, this was another step - whose significance is difficult to overestimate - toward deepening the rift between the religious and the secular.
Israel Harel is a regular columnist for Haaretz. He is the founder of the Institute for Religious Zionism at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which he headed until 1995.
Harel began working as a journalist in the 1960s, as a young contributor to the Eretz Yisrael Movement's newspaper, This is The Land.
He went on to serve as managing editor of the Hayom daily and in 1972 became the assistant editor for the weekend edition of Ma'ariv, at the time the most widely read newspaper in Israel. In addition to that position, Harel also worked as an investigative reporter on Israeli corruption.
In 1991, Harel was asked by Haaretz to contribute an occasional column and to write as a guest journalist. When Chanoch Marmori took over as editor-in-chief, Harel's column became weekly, and it has appeared every Thursday since.
Israel is feverishly implementing the lessons of Lebanon. When the Qassam fire resumes - and no one doubts this will happen - residents will be evacuated to beyond the rockets' range.
In the wake of a petition filed by the Israeli Arab legal center Adalah about a year ago, the High Court of Justice ruled that the government must abolish the 'national preference' regions in education.
The demand to reform the Supreme Court stems from a sense that its errors and failures are due, as in the IDF, to the flawed principles by which it runs.
Quite a few Israelis are concerned that the public's aspiration for renewal and catharsis, which they call 'ganging up,' is liable to be realized, heaven forbid.
In three major events he handled as prime minister, Ehud Olmert acted correctly at first. The problems arose when the events required leadership, wisdom, calm and resolve.
For the success of the state's 60th anniversary celebrations, a monitoring committee of intellectuals should be set up, which will consult with all segments of society and establish the content of the events.
Something in my sense of justice revolts against the prominence given to two negative and regretful incidents of racism, just because they took place in Hebron and Kochav Yaakov.
Those who caused the IDF's loss of spirit, including division commanders, are certainly incapable of restoring it. Even though they also failed on the battlefield, they continue to hold senior positions and everything that that entails when it comes to setting of a personal example.