Hamas will return to armed struggle soon enough. (In the ME Arab warfare tradition, they are using Islamic Jihad as a proxy, right now.)In order to burnish their credentials with the anti-peace Palestinian majority, Hamas will seek to perpetuate more-dramatic attacks against Israeli targets. Eventually, they will get lucky, and score a real atrocity against Israel--- something on the order of the World Trade Center attack. At that point, Ariel Sharon will have the moral and political authority to burn Gaza to the ground. With Gaza burning, Hizbollah and Iran will have to consider whether they are willing to lose their client, and a twenty year investment. If the conflict spreads, America will have to decide on whether or not to abandon our 30 year investment in Israel. The Euros will make a lot of self-righteous noise, and rush to sell munitions to both sides.
Saudi police officer shot dead in the east of the kingdom (AP)
from the article: Foreign Ministry protests EU contacts with Hamas officials