We’ve been accustomed to university strikes here in Israel. There is always a reason — be it the same reason that never gets solved, or a new reason that pops out just when you think that nothing’s gonna happen this time.

This past year we’ve seen a long strike arranged by the senior staff of Israel’s universities, which was resolved after a bitter conflict. The junior staff, who works harder and receives less — much less — did not initiate a full-blown strike, although it made several attempts to revive the issue in the public’s eye.

Now we’ve learned that the junior staff has finally signed a deal that would grant its thousands of members social rights and better salary. This comes as a total surprise… but I for one love good surprises.