Israel vs Iran: The Campaign Between the Wars – Jerusalem Studio 600

Immediately after Israel won its 1948 War of Independence, it started worrying about what was immediately called “the second round.” That is, rather than a fight which ends with a knock-out or a tie but a handshake - it goes on and on for countless rounds.
Soon enough it turned out that this analogy is too simplistic, because even between the major rounds of 1956, ‘67, ‘73 and ‘82 there were skirmishes, raids and hostilities. The participants obviously changed, but not the concept.
Now what is known as “the campaign between the wars” pits Israel against Palestinian militias, Jihadi groups, Hezbollah - and potentially most explosively against Iran.
- Jonathan Hessen, Host.
- Amir Oren, TV7 Analyst and Host of Watchmen Talk.
- Mr. Meir Javedanfar, Iran Lecturer, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
- Dr. Menahem Merhavy, Research Fellow, Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Published: April 23, 2021
  • Duration: 28 min

Jerusalem Studio

The program offers the viewer deeper understanding about current events in Israel. The topics vary from domestic and foreign policy to social changes, archaelogy and religion.
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