Ha'aretz is an excellent paper. It does have a variety of opinion on it's pages, and I think it covers Washington better than the Washington Post. Actually, you don't need the Israeli Lobby to find our what is politically correct as far as Israel is concerned. You just have to read Rosner's column. I think Benn is a little bit to the right, but he is an excellent writer. They are all good writers. The people who blog on it are interesting too. Many are very strident, but you can pick up some interesting information and get a feel for various opinions that influence the country. One thing I have learned is that being Jewish and or Israeli is very complicated and exhausting.