"From my perspective, the Hamas-Fatah deal is fiction," said the IDF officer, looking out from a hilltop over the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday morning. "None of the Palestinian local representatives or security officers I have spoken to over the past week have said that it changes anything for them."
A serious rift between the British and Israeli governments opened up this week during the visit of Binyamin Netanyahu to London, over the welcome given by David Cameron to the unity deal between Fatah and Hamas.
Israel is understood to be furious that William Hague and Mr Cameron had both made positive public statements about the new pact.
It may not have been as dramatic as the sudden toppling of an 80-year-old dictator, but the announcement on Wednesday evening of the signing of an agreement between the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority and Hamas was a direct development of the winds of change blowing through the Arab world.