Violence in Gaza between Fatah and Hamas, meaningless pronouncements by the Arabs that Gilad Shalit will be released in lieu of thousands of prisoners released, Olmert anouncing that he will release prisoners, and then he won't, and then he will again..... Meanwhile Kassams fall in Sderot and the western Negev, and when they don't hit anyone everyone goes back to normal, and when they do (G-d forbid) then the IDF yells for a day or two to let them do their job, but nothing comes of it.
Reports come out about the failures of last summer's war, but noone is expected to pay any price.Rumors are spreading about the possibility of another war next summer, and most people are hoping secretly that the IDF is learning from its mistakes, but there is no way to tell for sure. Peace Now screams whenever they see on their aerial photographs that another caravan has been placed in a yishuv, but of course noone says anything about the illegal Arab building.
The Israeli public can't stand their government, but it is plainly too soon for another round of elections. It is hard to believe, but we went to the polls last March, only nine months ago. So the politicians, as terrible as they are, are getting a free ride for awile. This doesn't stop them, of course, from bickering amongst themselves. As soon as the primaries are announced, then the knives will come out in earnest, but until now it is all on a low flame.
There is a reason for slow times. Hashem didn't create winter for nothing, it is obvious that things are happening under the surface that we can't see. Sometimes it is hard to be patient, though, during the cold months.