Being able to at like a "normal" nation ddepends very much on having "normal" neighbors with which one a have "normal" discussions and "normal" relations. I don't know where you come from or who your neighbors are, but Israel's neighbors are not the Swiss or the Italians and the ME is a tough neigborhood. I mean, which "normal" country allows a militia armed by another country a free reign to attack its neighbor? WHich "normal" country gases a couple thousand of its citizens because the leader doesn't agree with them? Which "normal" country slaughters several thousand of its brothers to prevent a revolution and also doesn't allow JEws to live there or buy property? I mean does this sound like a normal neighborhood to you?
Shaffir to Herzog: Opposition failed to show leadership in political battles against PM (Haaretz)