Palestinian protesters in Gaza look skyward as an Israeli drone shoots tear gas canisters toward them on May 15, 2018. Some states in the region, like Iran and Turkey, gain influence with each new Palestinian crisis, while others, like Saudi Arabia, seek to balance condemning Israeli actions against their desire to get closer to Israel to counter Iran.
Another round of protests in Gaza highlights how much has changed and how much, in many ways, has not. No one expects borders to change, alliances to shift quickly or the peace process to suddenly gain speed. In the background of this all-too-familiar round of unrest and violence, new opportunities -- and new risks -- await the old players. Over the past decade, slow-moving forces have reshaped how legitimacy is derived from the Palestinian issue, and how much value different states see in seeking to be the leader of the region's Muslims....
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