I may be an incurable optimist but Israel (or US) could not accept a Hamas government that didn't accept the Quartet requirements: 1. Accept Israel's right to exist 2. Accept previous agreements 3. Renounce violence against Israel Now, Hamas is out of the accepted government. They only have an illegal coup in Gaza. Hamas promised two things: 1. Free Johnston - Total failure and Sword of Islam is sticking their tongue at them 2. Disarm the clans - No voluntary hand over of weapons. There is a third approach. Egypt is quite unhappy with the Hamas state. Gaza is full of agents of Egypt's Intelligence service. Egypt controls the border. I predict that the Gaza clans will find themselves flush with weapons. Within months, Hamas will be subject of attacks, roadside bombs, etc. Hamas killed a lot of Gazans last week (a lot more than reported, I'll wager) and there is a lot of vengence to come. Gaza Civil War II will start soon and Israel won't need to go in.
4 UN peacekeepers injured in Sinai and taken to hospital in south Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: The only chance to defeat Hamas