Quadriga # 22.11.2012
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are among the senior diplomats who have been queueing up to put pressure on both Israel and Hamas to find an agreement and end the fighting. But the two sides are far apart and positions are entrenched. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu wants to demonstrate a tough line on Hamas ahead of parliamentary elections in January. Hamas, for its part, is keen to prove that it can achieve more than other political groups in the Palestinian territories.
While western governments are inclined to emphasise Israel's right to defend itself, some Arab states have been declaring support for the radical Islamists of Hamas.
How dangerous is the new political landscape of the region for Israel? Who can benefit from the conflict? What role will the new Egypt have?
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Daniel Dagan – is an Israeli journalist who was born in Cairo and grew up in France and on an Israeli kibbutz. He studied politics and economics and has worked for various publications, as well as radio and TV stations in Jerusalem, Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Bonn, Washington and other capital cities. For years, he reported from Berlin for the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the country' leading public radio and TV station and for the Jerusalem Post.
Ebtisam Aly Hussein – The Egyptian earned a masters degree in Political Science at the University of Cairo. In 2007 she worked at the Cairo office of Germany's Friedrich-Naumann foundation- a political think tank linked to Germany's Free Democrats. She writes articles for Arabic media outlets on cultural policy and wider issues of society. Currently she is conducting post graduate studies on Muslim Cultures and Societies at the Berlin Graduate School.
Michael Lüders – Born in Bremen, in 1959, Lüders studied Arabic literature in Damascus as well as Islamic studies, political science and publishing in Berlin. His dissertation focused on the Egyptian cinema. His works include documentaries for German public television and a long stint as Middle East correspondent for the “Die Zeit” newspaper. Lüders lives in Berlin, working as a political adviser, publicist and author.