Israelis may not be happy, but at least we're sedated by habit
Once the goals were peace, security and prosperity. Peace was wiped out of our lives, and the state keeps security for itself and leaves it to us to take care of prosperity. The road to prosperity is paved with good goals, but the state has none.
My friend B. lives on a kibbutz near Tiberias (yes, I have a friend there, as well). My friend B. calls his patio, which overlooks Lake Kinneret, “the patio of what’s-so-bad-about-the-kibbutz” − in honor of guests who sit, look out, see grass and palm trees and the lake, and ask: So, what’s so bad about the kibbutz?