The post below, somewhat refined, was just published by Haaretz. I might take this opportunity to say that the English-language version of the paper--book review, opinion, and web--now amounts to the most open-spirited English-speaking journal on Jewish affairs since Commentary of the early 1960s (before it, and its editor, became so narrow and weird). Just check out the range and trenchancy of the Book Review.
Haaretz's English edition editor, David B. Green, learned his craft at some of America's best magazines. He is tireless, smart, erudite, and makes any writer better. He has also actively expanded the paper's reach through a daily and weekly update, which anybody who cares about Israel, and diaspora for that matter, should sign up for this very second by sending a note to David's email, email@example.com.