It's hard to decide which of the speeches that opened the Knesset's winter session yesterday was more depressing. The three initial speakers each sounded as if they had chosen select sentences from previous speeches and tried to patch them together anew.

The summer's social protest did Israel's Knesset a favor by bequeathing it talk of justice, even if it is no longer so acceptable to speak of peace. What does this strange concept, "peace," mean to you anyway? It was no surprise that it went practically unmentioned yesterday, if it was mentioned at all.

Frankly, it's not at all certain that despite the change of topic, justice will be treated any more seriously than peace.

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin sounded like the spokesman for the End of Days, probably because he thinks he's already there. From his perspective, the argument over the Green Line is over; it's no more than a "futile, artificial, cosmetic dispute," as he put it.

President Shimon Peres set sail in a sea of flowery phrases, as is his wont. What can we expect from a presidential address that was based on a prime ministerial address from an eternity of more than two years ago? What hasn't happened since then?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sounded more satisfied with himself than usual: He wove power, responsibility and unity into one crown, which he set upon his own head. In the midst of a "stormy sea," he stands as a solid rock, the bedrock of our existence. Where would we be without him, he whose sole tidings were that we are becoming a power in cyber-warfare?

Opposition head Tzipi Livni made some tasteful remarks, for a change. But she ought to inform her party colleague, Ronit Tirosh, that not every venue is the proper place for gimmicks.