Amb. Martin Indyk, vice president and director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution
David Makovsky, director of the project on the Middle East Peace Process, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy, American University in Beirut
Egypt brokered a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinian militants, after eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel. The Israeli blockade continues, both parties remain implacably opposed and talks on the fundamental issues appear no closer.