Is it just me, or is it all going wrong again?
It looks as though Trump has made it as the Republican Presidential candidate, despite the overt hostility from half the members of his own party. Everyone says that he stands no chance against Hilary Clinton, but they said he stood no chance in the last competition. HELP!
As the debate about covert anti-Semitism in the UK Labour Party starts to boil over, things are hotting up in Israel again. There is at least one generation on both sides who have been brought up to hate each other, and no prospect of peace talks in the foreseeable future.
The Israelis are under an increasing and constant threat of being knifed or bombed by Arab civilians, and the ordinary Palestinians are feeling very nervous as well, saying that they only have to reach in their pocket for a mobile phone in order to be shot by another civilian who is - in turn - in fear of his/her life, or the lives of his/her children.
I have an Israeli friend who had a knock on the door one day, and answered it to find an IDF officer who came to deliver an assault rifle with ammunition to the household. My friend said he didn't want it, but the officer said he could not refuse it by law. Everyone had to play their part in the defence of the nation.
My friend had arrived in Israel too old to do his National Service, so thought he could get away with living as peacefully as possible, without the need to use a gun. It took weeks of letter-writing before the government excused him from having to keep a gun which he had no idea how to use, but they made it clear that he was behaving in a very unpatriotic manner.
Arabs and Jews used to live alongside each other in harmony not that long ago, and both use the word 'peace' as a greeting. No side can win this pointless conflict, and - as always - it is the children who suffer the most.