One of the best ways to stay on top of Middle East news is to read Ha’aretz, an Israeli centre-left newspaper with a good web site. Right now both of Israel’s leading political parties are turning themselves inside out, so it’s a good time to be watching Ha’aretz. This is proof that it’s possible to cover both sides of the story in a passionate but even-handed voice. Passion as well as fairness is necessary to the coverage, because remaining calm in the face of these events is not sane behavior. What provokes this little outburst today is A house in the country, a little Jerusalem story that has no violence or brutality or explosions, just sheer gibbering insanity.