Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have little chance .
(photo credit: AHMED ZAKOT / REUTERS)
A string of major regional developments over the past two years has left the
Islamist Hamas government in Gaza in dire straits and opened up new
opportunities for Israel and Palestinian moderates.In backing the Sunni
rebels in the Syrian civil war, Hamas forfeited its special ties with its
biggest arms supplier, Iran; the military ouster of its Muslim Brotherhood
allies in Cairo put serious strains on its relations with Egypt; and a change of
leadership in Qatar left a big question mark over the extent of financial aid
from the oil-rich Gulf state it can continue to count on.