Palestinian militants and Egypt restored some order on the border Sunday, and Hamas gains leverage in negotiations.
Israeli officials see opportunity to turn Gaza over to Egypt to provide services.
Hizb ut-Tahrir moves to fill void left by Hamas in the West Bank
In the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, residents say that Israeli interests will trump theirs despite Bush's vow of a peace deal this year.
In Jerusalem Wednesday, the president called for two democracies, Israel and Palestine, to live side by side.
Ahead of President Bush's trip to the Middle East, Israel intensifies operations in Gaza and the West Bank.
Monitor correspondents and experts suggest what to watch for in eight international conflicts.