Safety failings, Spanish siestas and Likud infighting have all been blamed for the railway line not opening on time.
The Jewish Agency, WZO, JNF and Keren Hayesod are superfluous - except as providers of jobs, travel and high salaries to political cronies.
The gas deal with Egypt sounds like very good news all round, but how it will be implemented remains unclear.
Teva's share price leaped after it was revealed that Berkshire Hathaway bought a 1.8% stake in the company.
Despite Iranian claims that the F-16's downing was a game changer, it served Israel as a pretext for important strategic gains.
Teva's new CEO has already cut the debt from $34.7 billion at the end of the third quarter to $32.5 billion at the end of 2017.
Data gathering difficulties mean initial figures are often unreliable.