Growing alliance between Israel, Greece and Cyprus - Jerusalem Studio 386

The shifting alliances across the Middle East, due to regional events, have produced partnerships based on strategic interests, which some may classify as surprising. Such a new triangle is has be formed between Jerusalem, Athens and Nikosia.
-Jonathan Hessen, host.
-Amir Oren, analyst.
-Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute for strategic studies and a lecturer at Shalem College
-Amir Foster, Director General of Association of Oil & Gas Exploration Industries.
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  • Published: January 04, 2019
  • 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.
The program is hosted by TV7 Israel News anchor Jonathan Hessen.


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    The United States or Russia? That is the question facing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he is pondering his country's interests and ambitions in the fault-lines between Europe and Asia, the West and the Levant. Is Erdogan skilled enough to maneuver between the various powers and vectors? Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst.…
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    Israel’s Post-elections special - Jerusalem Studio 415

    Prime Minister designate Benjamin Netanyahu is hard at work forming his new government, trying to balance the contradictory demands by his would-be coalition partners. What is to be expected of the new Israeli cabinet in the months ahead? Panel: -Jonathan Hesse, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. -Gil Hoffman, Chief Political Correspondent, the Jerusalem Post. -Col.…
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    Developments on the Israeli-Syrian front - Jerusalem Studio 414

    The Syrian Israeli front has been relatively quiet, except for sporadic reports of Israeli aerial operations against Iranian logistical targets. That said, after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, there are concerns that following the formation of the next Israeli government, tensions will rise along this front.…
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    Iran's malign activities amid natures' wrath- Jerusalem Studio 413

    Amid Iranian efforts to expand its regional reach, domestic neglect has challenged its ability to cope with a series of natural disasters. How can the Islamic Republic balance its various aspirations, at home and abroad, and will its rivals exploit its exposed weaknesses, in the fight against the regime's malign activities. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen,…
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    Israel Elections Special -Jerusalem Studio 412

    The polls in Israel will close shortly, and with them, will come the exit polls conducted for various television channels, with the actual results probably known not before the early hours of tomorrow. That said, several trends have already emerged during the last couple of months, with a heated campaign mostly conducted between outgoing Prime…
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    Elections amid growing security challenges - Jerusalem Studio 411

    With just a few days remaining ahead of Israel's national parliamentary elections, a key issue continues to challenge the incumbent leadership in Jerusalem – tensions of a possible conflagration on Israel's southern frontier. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. - Mr. Yoni Ben Menachem, Middle East Expert and Political Analyst. - Mr. Mitchell Barak,…
    April 03, 2019 3811 views
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    Russia in the Middle East - Jerusalem Studio 410

    Coming out of its decline in the 20th century, Russia – under President Vladimir Putin – has asserted its position in the Middle East in particular, and the World at large. Moscow's efforts encompass the entire region, from the Persian Gulf to the Western Mediterranean. Does Russia's record match its rhetoric in fulfilling its ambitions?…
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    US in the Middle East -Jerusalem Studio 409

    The United States has been the dominant world power, in the Middle East, for many decades. But under its current President, Donald Trump, Washington has reviewed its interests and commitments in the context of the Administration's declared vision of "America First." What does this mean for the region in general, and Israel in particular? Panel:…
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    The Israeli elections -Jerusalem Studio 408

    In two weeks-time, Israel will hold its general parliamentary elections for the 120 seat Knesset. After ten years of the right-wing Likud party dominating Israel's political leadership, these elections represent the biggest political challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rule. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Lt. Col. Res. Reuven Ben Shalom, Cross-cultural strategist…
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    The Arab world and the Palestinians - Jerusalem Studio 407

    The Palestinian issue has dominated the Arab-Israeli discourse, ever since the 1948 war. Excluding the Syrian angle, this virtually remains the last, yet most explosive issue blocking Israel from its aspired goal of peace with the entire Arab world. What are the chances for Israel to bypass the Palestinians and reach an accommodation with the…
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    The Syrian front- Jerusalem Studio 406

    Israel's control over the Golan Heights, which was occupied from Syria during the 1967 Middle East war, has never been recognized by the United States or any other country around the world. That said, Israel's claim over the territory has not been actively challenged in recent years due to the raging conflict in Syria, in…
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    Latest developments on Iran sanctions - Jerusalem Studio 405

    The United States has implemented a series of sanctions against Iran, after withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal, that was identified by President Trump as deeply flawed. While the ultimate aim seeks to put Tehran's economy under substantial pressure, the Trump Administration decided to provide eight countries with waivers, which are due to expire in…
    March 14, 2019 8368 views
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    European relations with the Arab world - Jerusalem Studio 404

    Europe has traditionally shown interest in trends and events across the Middle East, going back to colonial times. That said, it seems that its influence has been diminished as of late – yet recent efforts indicate that this reality could be reversed. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin Israeli Public…
    March 12, 2019 2201 views
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    Developments on the Syrian front - Jerusalem Studio 403

    The Syrian civil war has entered its ninth year, and this time – after many foil attempts - it seems that the end is in sight. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin Israeli Public Image & Security/Intelligence Expert. - Dr. Jonathan Spyer Fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and…
    March 08, 2019 11399 views
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    Conflict and resolution in Mideast strategies - Jerusalem Studio 402

    There are several overlapping conflicts ongoing across the Middle East, with each having its unique features and forces, yet remain inseparable from one-another. Each of the relevant actors maintains its own national interests, while also cooperating with others in order to achieve common goals. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. - Miss…
    March 05, 2019 3119 views
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    The battle for peace and security - Jerusalem Studio 401

    Some five weeks before Israel's parliamentary elections, which until recently largely overlooked the decades-old conflict with the Palestinian; shifted its tone after a senior American official provided an overview of President Trump's so-called "deal-of-the-century." Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. - Dr. Dikla Cohen, Research fellow at Truman Institute, The Hebrew University.…
    March 01, 2019 6415 views
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    International alliances in regional conflicts - Jerusalem Studio 400

    The United Nations, which was designed to guard world peace, has failed in its mission across the Middle East – due to the inherent contradictions with regard interests of powers involved in the region. Instead competing alliances have emerged, each with its own membership and agenda. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, host. - Amir Oren, analyst.…
    February 26, 2019 5236 views
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    Global efforts to curb Iranian aggression - Jerusalem Studio 399

    On various issues and various degrees most important international powers oppose Iran's aggressive aspirations. That said, a global consensus is lacking vis-à-vis the diagnosis of Tehran's activities and the course of action to thwart them. To analyze the state of play on curbing the Islamic Republic's expansionist policy in the Middle East and beyond, we…
    February 22, 2019 5495 views
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    Russia and its regional aspirations- Jerusalem Studio 398

    The Middle East is on the top of the list of Russian President Vladimir Putin's regions of interest. He is involved in the Syrian civil war, but also in other challenges and ambitions in the Levant and beyond. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Prof. Zeev Hanin, Expert on Russian and Middle Eastern Studies,…
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    Iran-Syria cooperation amid international constraints- Jerusalem Studio 397

    Due to Iran's crucial military assistance in preserving the Assad regime in Syria, Damascus is reciprocating by accommodating many of Tehran's wishes. That said, many difference remain between these two parties, because each - has priorities of its own. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr. Raz Zimmt, Iran expert INSS. -Dr. Ely Karmon,…
    February 12, 2019 5365 views
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    Lebanon, the battle for stability- Jerusalem Studio 396

    Almost nine months after Lebanon has elected its Parliament, outgoing Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri has managed to form a new cabinet over which he will continue to preside, despite the fact that he has lost almost a third of his supporters among Beirut's Legislators. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Prof. Hillel Frisch, Senior…
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    The demise of Palestinian unity aspirations - Jerusalem Studio 395

    The two Palestinian territories, the Gaza Strip under the Islamist Hamas and the majority of the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority that is controlled by Fatah, have been holding futile negotiations on reconciliation for the past several years. As Israel approaches its election, following which the Trump Administration is expected to unveil its peace…
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    Egypt 2019 - Jerusalem Studio 394

    Egypt, which used to be the leading Arab power with both regional and continental ambitions, continues to feel the aftershock of the upheaval that impacted the important Middle Eastern country, in the early part of this decade. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. - Dr. Haim Koren, Former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt and lecturer…
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    40 years to Iran’s Islamic Revolution - Jerusalem Studio 393

    The 1st of February marks the exact day which commemorates fourth years since the Islamic revolution in Iran. Since then, many events transpired which impacted both regional and global events. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Mr. Eliezer Tsafrir, Former head of the Mossad Operations in Iran and currently an affiliate with the Institute…
    February 01, 2019 4702 views
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    U.S. “deal of the century”- Jerusalem Studio 392

    Two years into the Trump administration, the President has yet to fulfill his campaign pledge: to unveil a viable U.S. brokered solution to the decades old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From time to time, however, reports emerge regarding alleged details of the American plan, which was dubbed by the Administration "the deal of the century." Panel: -Jonathan…
    January 29, 2019 8171 views
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    Iran’s ballistic missile program - Jerusalem Studio 391

    The launch of an Iranian medium-range ballistic missile against an Israeli target earlier this week, has highlighted concerns Israel, the United States and their allies have regarding the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile program. This program runs counter to calls by the international community to refrain from developing these weapon-systems – as stated in U.N. Security…
    January 25, 2019 14415 views
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    Turkey and the Kurds in Syria - Jerusalem Studio 390

    President Donald Trump decided, during a phone conversation last month with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to promptly withdraw American ground forces from Syria. In presenting its pull-out plan, Washington presented Ankara with a demand, to act with restraint vis-à-vis U.S.-backed Kurdish militias. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr. Eran Lerman vice…
    January 22, 2019 6258 views
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    Europe versus Iran, sanctions and agreements - Jerusalem Studio 389

    The European Union, which up-to-now has resisted efforts by the United States, to join a campaign against the Iran nuclear agreement - announced on the 8th of January a decision to list Iran's security apparatus as a terror-entity and separately sanctioned persons affiliated with it. Do these measures indicate a shift of Europe's policy? Panel:…
    January 18, 2019 2551 views
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    Israel, call for early elections - Jerusalem Studio 388

    On the 9th of April, Israel will hold general parliamentary elections, some seven months ahead on schedule. based on Israel's political history, popularity shifts dramatically within short time-periods, leaving the outcome of Jerusalem's future leadership unknown – however, during today's program we will try to provide context to the heated contest between parties and politicians.…
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    Syria, following US decision to withdraw - Jerusalem Studio 387

    President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw all U.S. military and diplomatic personnel from Syria has created a fog of uncertainty, with no specifics on the pace and modalities of the dramatic withdrawal that carries with it significant implications. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. - Prof. Ze'ev Khanin, expert on Middle Eastern…
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    The shifting alliances across the Middle East, due to regional events, have produced partnerships based on strategic interests, which some may classify as surprising. Such a new triangle is has be formed between Jerusalem, Athens and Nikosia. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute for strategic…
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    2018 Recap - Jerusalem Studio 385

    As the year 2018 is drawing to a close, it is time to looking back and focus on the main events and trends pertaining to Jerusalem's security and foreign policy and its regional involvement. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Lt. Col. Res. Reuven Ben Shalom, Cross-cultural strategist and columnist at the Jerusalem Post.…
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    Growing Iranian influence in Iraq, despite U.S. objections - Jerusalem Studio 384

    Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has voiced his support for the preservation of bilateral relations with his country's Eastern neighbor, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Abdul Mahdi's efforts are made despite Washington's resistance to granting Baghdad special privileges amid American efforts to exert economic pressure on the Ayatollah regime, since the United States pulled out…
    December 19, 2018 4513 views
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    Russian-Israeli relations amid Iranian expansionism - Jerusalem Studio 383

    For the last three months, ever since a Russian intelligence collection plane was shot down by Syrian air defense missiles, the relationship between Moscow and Jerusalem has sunk to its lowest point in years. Iran, whose presence in Syria is just one manifestation of its expansionist policy, obviously benefits from this development. Panel: - Jonathan…
    December 18, 2018 15322 views
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    Israel's challenges from its northern frontier- Jerusalem Studio 382

    While Israel seemed to be largely concerned by events in Syria, where enemies such as Iran, the Islamic State and Hezbollah have been operating with the civil war as a backdrop, it turns out that the Lebanese border has also been a hub of activity, mostly hidden from view. Earlier this month Israel mounted an…
    December 17, 2018 11637 views
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    Antisemitism – Anti-Zionism 2018 - Jerusalem Studio 381

    According to all recent surveys, Antisemitism is on the rise in many countries across the Western world. Distinct from the more remote past, this time around Antisemitism is mixed with sentiments of anti-Zionism. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Ambassador Danny Ayalon, Israel's Former Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States -Advocate…
    December 11, 2018 1813 views
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    The IDF under newly appointed chief of staff - Jerusalem Studio 380

    Tension flared up on Israel's northern frontier, when military authorities in Tel Aviv announced the discovery of cross-border attack tunnels, which were dug by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. The rising challenge from the north, amid ongoing threats from the south, are the two most urgent tasks facing the incoming chief of staff of the Israeli Defense…
    December 07, 2018 5719 views
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    EU supports JCPOA yet considers sanctioning Iran - Jerusalem Studio 379

    In spite of ongoing efforts by the European Union to preserve the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, some of its member states have demanded a tougher position vis-à-vis – what they termed "Iran's malign activities on European soil." To discuss this development and its implications on efforts to keep the Iran deal alive. Panel: -Jonathan…
    December 04, 2018 1445 views
  • 28 min

    Israel faces challenges amid coalition instability - Jerusalem Studio 378

    Israel's governing coalition is undergoing its most severe crisis, since its establishment some three and a half years ago, following the resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making every effort to keep his coalition during – what he termed: a sensitive security period - from disintegrating but other politicians may…
    November 30, 2018 4074 views
  • 29 min

    Radical Islam and its Jihad vs. the West - Jerusalem Studio 377

    The best-known groups of global Islamic Jihad, namely al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and their various off-shoots have seemingly been on the decline lately. However, Western intelligence agencies warn that the fight against these extreme Muslim groups, is far from over. To discuss the dangers of Islamist groups and their Jihad against the West. Panel: -Jonathan…
    November 27, 2018 2496 views
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    Strategic outlook for Israel as it starts a new Hebrew year - Jerusalem Studio 357

    Shalom and welcome to Jerusalem Studio, This is the week in which Israel turns the page in its Hebrew calendar on one year and opens a new one. It’s a good time to take stock and survey Israel’s strategic outlook, regionally as well as globally. To Discuss this issue I am joined here in the…
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    November 23, 2018 829 views
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    Saudi Arabia following the Khashoggi affair - Jerusalem Studio 376

    For almost two months, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been on the defensive in the Jamal Khashoggi affair, in which a prominent dissident of the regime has been lured into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey – where he was brutally murdered. While Riyadh denied the involvement of its highest officials in the assassination,…
    November 23, 2018 2221 views
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    Syria, the battle between East and West - Jerusalem Studio 375

    As we are heading towards the end of the eighth year in the Syrian civil war, it appears as if – the end game is about to begin, with the Russians, Americans, Iranians, Turks and Israelis, among others, all having a role to play. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr. Nir Boms –…
    November 20, 2018 5560 views
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    Iran following US midterm elections - Jerusalem Studio 374

    The United States midterm congressional elections, which were held last week, have complicated the political situation in Washington – for both domestic and foreign policy issues. To consider the implications of the changed political environment in the American capitol, on President Trump's Iran policy. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr. Emily Landau, Senior…
    November 16, 2018 1881 views
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    Israel and the Arab world - Jerusalem Studio 373

    Israel's relations - with what is considered to be, the moderate Arab world, had recently been upgraded from an open secret to public display, which raises questions vis-à-vis the visibility of Israel's acceptance in the pre-dominantly Arab region. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Mr. Danny Ayalon – Israel's Former Deputy Foreign Minister and…
    November 13, 2018 6730 views
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    Iran under a new US sanctions regime - Jerusalem Studio 372

    Earlier this week, the second and more severe batch of international sanctions was imposed on Iran by the U.S. Administration, focusing on Islamic Republic's oil and Banking industries. During today's program, we will discuss the potential risks and benefits of the American measures in the face of Iranian resistance and international reluctance; To do so,…
    November 09, 2018 4201 views
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    Turkey on the border between East and West - Jerusalem Studio 371

    Turkey, a member of the NATO alliance, has been gravitating over the last several years, toward its old adversary, Russia. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shifted his country's foreign policy, which has been traditionally pro-American, towards a more balanced direction. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. - Dr. Hay Eitan Cohen Yanarocak: research fellow…
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