Hello Otto, There is a difference between "now" and "then". The PLO gave up officially on its military option, and therefore it cannot claim any now. It could have preserved something in Oslo, but failed to do so, with known results. Abbas still needs the potential threat of a military action. This he can get if Hamas is brought into the government now. Hamas wants it. Of course, Israel doesn't. I will just remind you that Europe wised up and stated that what was important in the Quartet conditiond was performance and action, not verbal statement. That would leave the military option alive at the time of a cease fire. Instead of that option, you "would rather appeal to Israel to be generous". Fat chance, given the power of the settlers. That's life, and that's why you are pessimistic. Reliance on favors does not work in such cases.
Route 1 to Jerusalem reopened to traffic as fire outside of Jerusalem continues (Haaretz)
from the article: Deja vu