Yesterday, we were all surprised to learn that the United Arab Emirates, a key Gulf State, is planning on signing a peace treaty with Israel to include full normalization of relationships. The White House was very involved in the process and announced that in exchange for this recognition by the UAE, Israel had agreed to suspend any moves towards applying sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.
We cannot know what 2018 will have in store for us. Will we lose a loved one? Will we suffer illness or tragedy? I certainly hope not. But we are not in control. We can do our best; we can do what we believe G-d is expecting of us, but we know that G-d is in control.