Could lower oil prices be removing an obstacle from Israel’s defense? Could the lack of fear of reprisals from the oil exporters make this an ideal time to eliminate Hamas?
After Mumbai there may be less sympathy for Hamas and daily terror attacks. Even Egypt is keeping fleeing Gazans from entering their country. Egypt has never been hospitable to the Palestinians but has used them as a fifth column against their foes.
Maybe the world has realized that there is a relationship to future Mumbai style attacks and the unbridled hatred Hamas breeds in Gaza.
Personally I doubt Fatah will be much better. Until the Palestinian schools and priests stop deliberately sanctioning and teaching anti-Semitism and the destruction of Israel, the Palestinians will suffer endlessly and Israel’s only solution will be military.