Every action has its reaction. When Hamas decided to use mock demonstrations on the border with Israel, they knew the IDF would respond with force. When the IAF attacked Hamas facilities in Gaza, so Hamas retaliated with some 500 rockets fired into Israel, and incendiary balloons causing immense damage. In reaction the IAF hit many Hamas targets in Gaza. This caused Hamas to accept Egyptian mediation to bring about a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.
But, since Hamas does not recognize Israel, they wanted to show that they haven’t changed their basic policy so they decided to continue the attacks by sending a wave of terrorism into Israel from the West Bank. At least 5 Israelis were killed. This caused pressure on PM Netanyahu from the right-wing to do something more drastic against Hamas. In order to avoid a war in the south while the north looks to be more dangerous, with Hezbollah attack tunnels being exposed and Iran trying to establish itself in Syria,
Netanyahu knew he would have to find a way to placate his critics. So he announced that 70 hilltop settlements or outposts in the West Bank would be recognized by the Israeli Government. The Govt. has initiated a Bill in the Knesset to do just that. This is a victory for the right in Israel, exactly opposite to the reaction that Hamas would have wanted. It shows that you don’t always get what you want. Instead of weakening Israel, this terror wave has strengthened Israel’s hold on territory it claims as its own as the legitimate sovereign successor of the British Mandate.
It should be mentioned that there has never been a sovereign Arab entity (country or State) in what has been dubbed “Palestine”. In fact the area went from being part of the Turkish Empire to being controlled by the British in 1917. Subsequently the UN tried to decide the fate of the area, but when the UN Partition Plan was broached, the Arab States invaded, but were defeated. Consequently, let me reiterate, there has never been any Arab sovereignty in Palestine/Israel. In fact, the only recognized sovereignty has, since ancient times, been Jewish. It will forevermore be so.