In all the excitement about the Turkish thugs and our inept attempt to thwart them, let's not forget the passing of Lova Eliav, who died two days ago at the age of 88 or 89.
Lova was an active member of the generation of young men and women who actually did the business of fighting for Israel at its beginning, then struggling for its success and its soul for the rest of their lives. By the time he died the country had long since ceased to be the socialist Jewish paradise he thought he was working towards; most of us had belatedly accepted his position on the need for a Palestinian state alongside Israel, and then understood that it can't happen. Through all of this, however, even when his positions were far from the mainstream, Lova was always respected for his integrity, loved for his idealism, celebrated for his sincerity. He was an unusual politician even at his prime; today he wouldn't stand a chance of political survival for more than five minutes - more's our loss.
I can't think of a single politician, from any party, who remotely approaches his moral stature.