2018 wasn’t a good year for Israel. It was even worse for Palestinians, of course.
On the surface, it wasn’t an especially dramatic year – just a lot more of the same, without major new wars, and without much bloodshed if you compare it to most previous years. Things appeared frozen in place. The occupation continued without impediment, likewise the settlement enterprise. Gaza tried to resist forcefully from inside its wretched cage, using its paltry and limited powers.
The world averted its eyes from the occupation, as it has customarily done in recent years, and focused on other things entirely.
Israelis, like the rest of the world, took no interest in the occupation, as they’ve done for decades now. They silently went on with daily life and it was good, prosperous. The aim of the current government – the most right-wing, religious and nationalist in Israel’s history – to maintain the status quo in every way, was achieved in full. Nothing happened to interfere with the five-decade-strong occupation.
I have no respect at all for this outlaw country! I know some of my Jewish friends still believe in Isreal but i can no longer even hope that it corrects itself. Isreal has caused nothing but trouble for everyone around it excluding some not so close. It never should have been given this land.