Then Mikha paused, and said, "But you know what, Sam, things never change here. Nothing is really new. Things are always the same here, except they just slowly, gradually get worse."
As pessimistic as it may sound, I think there's a lot of truth to that. Whenever people come back to Palestine after being away for years, they always speak about the deeper entrenchment of the settlement enterprise, the greater number of closures, the transformation of checkpoints into enormous border crossings, the increasing settler presence in East Jerusalem, and the growing sense of hopelessness and depression. Things just slowly get worse, and the illusion of peace talks or a peace process become closer and closer to fantasy.