Israeli leaders must have one eye on the US inauguration calendar.
Israel has been at it in Gaza for 18 days now. They have destroyed Hamas government buildings, killed more than 900 people, and forced the militant group's leaders into hiding. But have they triumphed?
One thing is for sure – if there is more that Israel wants to do, the window is quickly closing for them to operate unchecked in Gaza. When Barack Obama becomes president on Jan. 20, and is finally free to speak his mind, Israel will undoubtedly face new pressures.
Qatar, which has made a name for itself lately as a regional peace broker , wants a summit on Friday. It's inviting all 22 Arab League nations. Syria and Lebanon are on board. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is ready, too. But Egypt and Saudi Arabia aren't. They've got their own plans.