On the same Barack Obama made his first visit to the West Bank as President, militants in Gaza fired rockets into southern Israel, underlining the divisions still faced between not just Israelis and Palestinian, but within the two factions.
Because the West Bank and Gaza are separated by the expanse (and security fences) of Israel, they have taken very different paths of development in recent years. Gaza is ruled by Hamas, which takes a much more militant approach with the Israelis, frequently firing rockets over the border and sparking regular conflicts with the Israeli army, like last year's mini-war which was started after Hamas stepped up the heavy use of those rockets.
The West Bank is ruled by the Fatah party and its President Mahmoud Abbas, who has taken the more diplomatic (though not always friendly) approach with the Israelis and the United States. Judging by the fact that Obama went to the West Bank on this trip, and nowhere near Gaza, you can decide which approach is more effective.
Obama was even explicit about the differences between the two territories, stating today that the relative peace and stability in West Bank under Abbas was a stark contrast to the "misery" of Palestians living under Hamas. Not that the freiendly relationship has led to much progress on the larger issues of peace talks between the two sides, of course.
If Hamas still thinks it has a better approach to the problem than Abbas does—and judging by today's rocket launches, it does—a reconciliation still feels light-years away.
(Top photo by Reuters, from a smoke trail headed toward toward the southern Israeli city of Sderot in November. Inset photos via AP.)