Azzam's release should not be seen as a lone act, but rather part of a maneuver designed to involve Egypt in disengagement and impact the renewal of the peace process following the death of Yasser Arafat.
Iran and Hezbollah have intensified their efforts to operate in the territories and in Israel so as to undermine the possible renewal of the diplomatic process between Israel and the PA by ensuring that no cease-fire agreement takes effect.
The words of High Court Justice Edmond Levy testify to the public atmosphere in the wake of what is called 'the crisis of moral values' in the Israel Defense Forces.
There is no doubt that the Phantom squadrons and their crews contributed greatly to the strengthening of Israel's deterrent ability, and they are worthy of the exceptional event being held tomorrow in their honor.
After the PM's military adjutant, Major General Yoav Galant, informed Eiland that there had been a mistake and he was not invited, he gave in and returned to his Tel Aviv office.
If the drilling is not stoped, as the Palestinian Authority promised in an interim agreement with Israel, the northeastern aquifer, which provides water to the Jezreel Valley, the Gilboa, and the Beit She'an Valley, will be harmed.
Hundreds of unauthorized drillings are being carried out, in increasingly greater depths. It is expected that once the Israel Defense Forces pulls out, the Palestinians will bring in heavy equipment in order to intensify the pumping of water.