All the Palestinian efforts in the West Bank are geared to statehood within about a year. A similar objective has been set by Obama and endorsed by major international powers. If the immense headway made in Palestinian institution-building is seen to be vain, anger could again overflow into self-defeating violence.
8) If there is enough momentum by the second half of next year to suggest Palestinian statehood is a train leaving the station, a majority of Palestinians in Gaza will board it. Then peace becomes a political dilemma for Hamas. Palestinians can resolve their internal differences but not if Israeli shortsightedness strips moderates of leverage.