The often repeated Arab proverb describes how difficult life is if there it had any ray of hope.
For the people of Palestine in general, and the people of Gaza in particular, this ray of hope has been slowly fading for years, making life unbearable.
This fact might explain the huge popular response last week to a meeting that took place last Thursday between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his former prime minister Salam Fayyad.
Fayyad, a professor at Princeton University's prestigious Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, was the home of his summer recess after spending his first academic year teaching. Fayyad had accepted this teaching position after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley vetoed a decision by the UN secretary general to appoint Fayyad as a special UN representative to Libya.