There is a special segulah that goes with being a leftist journalist in Israel. You get an infinite number of chances to be wrong and still carry on as if nothing happened. Every third strike gets ruled a foul tip. When some policy you advocated blows up, you get to shake your head in astonishment as if, instead of consequence following cause, some mysterious act of God intervened in the natural order.
But every now and then, one of these guys gets caught flailing wildly at a pitchout in front of 50,000 people. A glorious example of such spectacularly flagrant idiocy is this article by Aluf Benn. Benn is an analyst at Haaretz. He argues in this article, published on July 6, 2006, that what Israel really needs is for the Palestinians to be led by responsible leaders like ... Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah!
Here's just one quote:
Unlike [Hamas], Nasrallah has authority and responsibility and therefore his behavior is rational and can be reasonably predicted.... Hizballah keeps the peace in the Galilee more than did the pro-Israeli SLA.
This is good stuff.
And for balance, Haaretz's token right-winger, Nadav Shragai, hits one out of the park.