THE QUESTION

Israel celebrated its 60th birthday this week. Will it survive to celebrate its 100th?

Posted by David Ignatius and Lauren Keane on May 12, 2008 3:45 PM

FROM THE PANEL

Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley.

Israeli Threat Sustains Palestinian Identity

Israel has survived sixty years by denying rights to Palestinians through successive wars and by transforming itself into a fortress. Israel may choose to do so for sixty more years. But the price will be high, and it will be the Israelis who pay most of it.

Posted by Lamis Andoni Doha, Qatar | 26 COMMENTS
May 20, 2008 at 3:15 PM
Former Washington-based columnist for The Hong Kong Standard, The New York Sun, and Insight on the News, an online weekly published by The Washington Times. Covered economic and political relations between the United States and East Asia, with an emphasis on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Former chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association. Currently a business executive at a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong.

Happy Birthday, Israel – and Many More

I hope and believe it will survive to celebrate its 100th. But this is far from certain.

Posted by Kin-ming Liu Hong Kong | 123 COMMENTS
May 15, 2008 at 11:51 AM
Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

Arabs Must Accept Israel

This may sound shocking coming from a Pakistani living in Dubai, but the reality is that Arabs must learn to accept Israel in their midst.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 47 COMMENTS
May 12, 2008 at 5:46 PM
Yossi Melman is a senior commentator for the Israeli daily Haaretz. He specializes in intelligence, security, terrorism and strategic issues. An author of seven books on these topics, his most recent book, The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran was published recently by Carroll & Graf.

Israel Will Thrive, Flaws and All

Why ask this question? The same could be asked of most Middle Eastern countries.

Posted by Yossi Melman Tel Aviv, Israel | 144 COMMENTS
May 12, 2008 at 3:52 PM
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is www.daoudkuttab.com.

Israel Must Adapt To Survive

The state of Israel as it is now will not exist in 100 years. But if it changes, it will happily celebrate its 100th birthday.

Posted by Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 54 COMMENTS
May 12, 2008 at 3:50 PM
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Israel Must Accept Status Quo

All sides should accept the status quo today and move forward.

Posted by Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 0 COMMENTS
May 12, 2008 at 3:42 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

The Much Too Promised Land

The State of Israel has served as an arena for bloodshed of the same Jews that were promised peace.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 22 COMMENTS
May 12, 2008 at 7:32 AM

READER RESPONSE

» captn_ahab | Mr. Kuttab is apparently a prominent Arab journalist. This probably explains why he is given this space by the Washington Post. His comments about th...
» Andrew Rush | Don't these guys ever learn ? Talking about Palestinian rights in Israel is valid, but what about Palestinian rights in Arab countries ? It seems to m...
» A.G. | I find all the responses to this article fascinating. Is there anyone out there who thinks that Israeli policies are evil but that it will survive? ...
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