Although certainly not an aim of Cast Lead, the one possibility of a surprising gift from it may just be that there is immense quiet in the WB,and clear calls in the US think tankers for true infrastrutcure support for institutions, industry and commerce, in order to create a Palestinian "area" by socio-economic default. While everyone can spend another milenium batting the political minutia back and forth, the fact is, if the WB remains absolutely silent and lays down it's arms in a freewill gesture followed by intense focus upon building a legitimate economy, the State will be achieved morally. Cast Lead was the demarcation line in all things m.e. conflict for US supporters of Israel. What this means is that just like right after you are forced to beat up someone threatening you, there is a sense of demand that they change and put up or shut up. Or as they say, the gig is up. Gaza crapped in it's own nest. There is now a separation--and this is why Egypt builds a steal fence.
Protests in southern Syrian city after Druze cleric's death (AP)
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