Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu may have a very interesting opportunity. I don't know if he realizes it and I doubt he'd be inclined to take it anyway, but I think he has one. 

He doesn't want to negotiate with Hamas over the formation of a Palestinian state. At the moment, no one sane would expect him to. The head of the Palestinian authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has no love for Hamas either, but he hasn't been able to afford to do anything without them. However, at this moment, maybe he can. 

If I were in Netanyahu's position, here's the offer I'd make:

I'd start with a real offer to the West Bank, as in pulling some settlements and swapping land for the others. I'd give the PA a corner of Jerusalem to put their capital on. I'd also make arrangements to do a better job of sharing water. I'd make an offer to start a Palestinian state with the West Bank alone, but only initially - provisions for Gaza would be in the agreement. 
There are two advantages about negotiating over Gaza: There are no Israeli settlements there and its borders are undisputed. That makes things easier.

I'd put Gaza into the equivalent of escrow for the PA.  The condition is simple: When the Gazan population votes to recognize Israel, regardless of who their elected leadership is, they can join the Palestinian state already founded on the West Bank immediately. 

If and when Gaza joins the Palestinian state, two things happen:

1. Israel helps rebuild housing destroyed in the war, and helps see initially that the civil service is paid. 
2. Israel starts construction of a secure rail line between the West Bank and Gaza. 

Regarding the rail line: the PA is responsible for policing it. If anyone gets off a train in Israeli territory and hurts anyone or anything inside Israel, the rail line is closed. If any terrorism comes into Israel from the West Bank and the Israelis determine, based on who they know, that the perpetrators are from Gaza, the rail line is closed. If a breach of either happens and the PA informs Israel immediately and cooperates to the fullest extent possible, the rail line does not close. 

If there is no military or terrorist action emanating from the new Palestinian state, Israel starts to open borders, resulting in Palestinians able to be employed inside Israel and Israel able to invest easily in Palestine. The probable result of that would soon be the wealthiest Arab country without oil.
From what I know, the majority of the Palestinian population would be fine with this arrangement. There has been a poll taken inside Gaza by a Palestinian pollster early in this war, and results indicated that the majority of the population wanted to stop attempting to destroy Israel and, in fact, many wanted jobs in Israel.

If the majority of the Palestinian population actually is fine with this arrangement and can keep the minority in check, tensions in that area of the Middle East could be mostly defused. 
This is one of the only times that Israel might be able to get away without negotiating with Hamas, particularly if they're unsuccessful at defusing them in Gaza during the war.  

The problem Abbas would run into is an accusation by Gazans that he sold them out. But he wouldn't have - he'd have gotten them a state. Without recognition of Israel, a Palestinian state can't happen anyway, so he wouldn't have cost them anything they could get otherwise. He could also argue, accurately, that Hamas did not consult Abbas when provoking a war, so why should Abbas be obligated to consult Hamas when forging a peace, particularly a peace with Gazan territorial integrity?

This is extremely unlikely for all sorts of reasons, the first being that I doubt Netanyahu understands that he could create an actual opportunity to negotiate a Palestinian state without Hamas at the table. Still, if it were me, this is the shot I'd take. 

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 31, 2014 at 4:52am
I have to think on the specifics.

I also know that the major Muslim states from Egypt to Saudi are far more fed up w Hamas than thay are w Mr. Netanyahu (whom they don't like at all). 

The statements from even those regimes who fund Hamas, Iran, for example is either a muted one or there is virtual silence...almost none of the past-typical anti-Israel diatribes that accompany an Israeli-Hamas/Israeli-Hezbolla war. 

I also think that the Israelis may well take this until a) Muslim states force Hamas to give up weapons and/or disband b) destroy Hamas utterly... and the relative silence you hear from Muslim states now is their at least muted approval for Israel doing the heavy-lifting and not they themselves. 
Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 31, 2014 at 6:59am

"... a real offer to the West Bank, as in pulling some settlements and swapping land for the others. I'd give the PA a corner of Jerusalem to put their capital on. I'd also make arrangements to do a better job of sharing water. I'd make an offer to start a Palestinian state with the West Bank alone, but only initially - provisions for Gaza would be in the agreement. " Almost all of that list is an absolute no go with most conservative Israeli political parties and it would completely inflame Hamas. Gaza is what it is, not because of the Israelis, so much as it is a reaction to the corruption of the PLA and insane reticence on the part of the wealthy nations of the Arab world. Hamas doesn't so much represent the will of the people of Gaza as their frustrations... like an abused child they trust no one and strike back in anyway the know how. R&R ;-(

Comment by koshersalaami on July 31, 2014 at 4:03pm
Represents their frustrations is a great way of putting it
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Comment by James Mark Emmerling on August 1, 2014 at 3:30am

good luck.

  • In a video from 2001, Netanyahu, reportedly unaware he was being recorded, said: "I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in our way." Netanyahu also bragged how he undercut the peace process when he was prime minister during the Clinton administration. "They asked me before the election if I'd honor [the Oslo accords]," he said. "I said I would, but ... I'm going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the '67 borders. How did we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as I'm concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone. Go argue."
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Comment by Arthur James on August 2, 2014 at 2:57am


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