As long as Palestinians remain divided, it will be difficult for any leader to sell to the Palestinian people a peace agreement with Israel. Absent such an agreement, lifting the closure and jump-starting Gaza’s reconstruction can do much to avert the next war.
A child collects machine gun casings found in the Gaza Strip on Aug. 5. “At some point, Hamas will stop firing rockets — if for no other reason than its arsenal is depleted,” Dennis Ross writes.
Alongside the Hamas training camps and bombed-out neighborhoods, there is a parallel reality where the wafer-thin Palestinian middle class is wooed by massage therapists, spin classes, and private beach resorts.