Haaretz reflects on the year that was and predicts what to expect in the year to come.
2011 was a stormy year in Israel and in the Middle East. After the Arab Spring swept its way through the region, Israelis launched a social protest movement of their own. Meanwhile, new legislation was introduced in Knesset, limiting the freedom of minorities, the judiciary and the media. With the peace process stalled, terrorism continued to rear its head and far off in Pakistan, the Obama administration wiped out Osama Bin-Laden. Ehud Barak left the Labor Party, paving the way for Shelly Yachimovich to become the faction's first-ever female leader, and Moshe Katsav made history as the first Israeli president sentenced jail. With so much history behind us, what can we expect in 2012?