THE QUESTION

What's the most likely outcome of Israel's invasion of Gaza? A wider war? A Hamas defeat? Just more of the same?

Posted by David Ignatius and Lauren Keane on January 5, 2009 4:49 PM

FROM THE PANEL

Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst and historian based in Damascus, Syria. Moubayed is the author of "Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (2000)" and "Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (2006)." He has also authored a biography of Syria's former President Shukri al-Quwatli and currently serves as Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Relations at al-Kalamoun University in Syria. In 2004, he created Syrianhistory.com, the first and online museum of Syrian history. He is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of FORWARD, the leading English monthly in Syria, and Vice-President of Haykal Media.

Israel's Leadership Out Of Touch On Gaza

Is it really possible that Israel's leaders don't understand "why they are doing this to us?"

Posted by Sami Moubayed Damascus, Syria | 91 COMMENTS
Jan 12, 2009 at 2:32 PM
Carlos Alberto Montaner is a Cuban-born writer, journalist, and former professor. He is one of the most influential and widely-read columnists in the Spanish-language media, syndicated in dozens of publications in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is also vice president of the Liberal International, a London-based federation devoted to the defense of democratic values and the promotion of the market economy. He has written more than twenty books, including Journey to the Heart of Cuba; How and Why Communism Disappeared; Liberty, the Key to Prosperity; and the novels A Dog's World and 1898: The Plot. He is now based in Madrid, Spain.

Gaza's True 'Disproportion'

Israel's critics decry the disproportionality of the war's casualties - but they forget the asymmetries that point in the other direction.

Posted by Carlos Alberto Montaner Madrid, Spain | 314 COMMENTS
Jan 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM
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.

Hamas Will Weaken, But No One Will Win

Expect a stalemate from this conflict, just like all the ones that came before it.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 8 COMMENTS
Jan 12, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Israel's Gaza Gamble

What is all this death and destruction supposed to accomplish, from the Israeli perspective?

Posted by Mahmoud Sabit | 113 COMMENTS
Jan 7, 2009 at 5:39 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.

Hamas Benefits From Palestinians' Misery

The real tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that the Palestinians' purported leadership is really their own worst enemy.

Posted by Yossi Melman Tel Aviv, Israel | 64 COMMENTS
Jan 7, 2009 at 4:53 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.

To Gaza's Victims, Politics Means Little

The international community, obsessed with Iraq and Afghanistan, allowed this conflict to fester into helplessness.

Posted by Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 35 COMMENTS
Jan 6, 2009 at 1:35 PM
Saul Singer, a columnist and former editorial page editor at the Jerusalem Post, is co-author of the forthcoming book, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, Moment, the New Leader, and bitterlemons.org (an Israeli/Palestinian e-zine). Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served as an adviser in the United States Congress to the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Banking Committees. He is also on Twitter.

Israel's Moral High Ground

Imagine terrorist group A attacking country B, where A is trying to maximize civilian casualties on both sides and B is trying to minimize them. What sort of moral judgment would have trouble distinguishing between the two?

Posted by Saul Singer Jerusalem, Israel | 336 COMMENTS
Jan 5, 2009 at 4:51 PM

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