Israel security challenges amid COVID-19 (part II)- Jerusalem Studio 501

Following-up on our previous program, in which we discussed several aspects of the coronavirus crisis – and other challenges pertaining to Israel; we will now further analyse the highly complex situation.
-Jonathan Hessen, host.
-Amir Oren, analyst.
-Dr. Eran Lerman vice president of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a lecturer at Shalem College.
-Prof. Zeev Khanin, Expert on Russian and Middle Eastern Studies, Bar Ilan and Ariel Universities.
-Dr. Fadi Essmaeel, Research Fellow, Institute for Counter Terrorism – IDC Herzliyah.

  • Published: March 31, 2020
  • Duration: 28 min

Jerusalem Studio

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  • 28min

    Israel security challenges amid COVID-19 (part II)- Jerusalem Studio 501

    Following-up on our previous program, in which we discussed several aspects of the coronavirus crisis – and other challenges pertaining to Israel; we will now further analyse the highly complex situation. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr. Eran Lerman vice president of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a lecturer at…
    March 31, 2020 2956 views
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