Israel’s preparedness to tackle the coronavirus – Jerusalem Studio 492

Israel failed to escape the fate that has befallen many countries around the worlds, as the coronavirus spreads, infecting more and more people in various continents. But, for Israel, it is a unique problem because of the possible security and political repercussions.
- Jonathan Hessen, host.
- Amir Oren, analyst.
- Dr. Asher Shalmon, Director of International Relations Division in Israel's Ministry of Health.
- Dr. Fadi Essmaeel, Research Fellow Institute for Counter Terrorism at IDC Herzliyah.

  • Published: February 28, 2020
  • 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.


  • 28min

    The Palestinian "cause" between diplomacy and conflict - Jerusalem Studio 541

    The relationship between the two separate Palestinian entities, which border Israel but not each other, has made no real progress over the last 13 years since the Islamist Hamas organization seized Gaza by force and was in return was left out of power in the Palestinian Authority rule of the West Bank. Palestinian Authority President…
    September 18, 2020 4001 views
  • 28min

    The Syria conflict: Latest developments - Jerusalem Studio 540

    Before it began, 2020 was assessed to be the last year of the Syrian civil war, which erupted in 2011. This turned out to be either wishful thinking or an overly optimistic assumption which fell victim to the Coronavirus. As the year approaches its end, the conflict is still there, with most of the same…
    September 15, 2020 25276 views
  • 28min

    East Mediterranean disputes; Israeli concerns and interests - JS 539

    The eastern Mediterranean Sea is located between Italy in Europe, Libya in Africa and the shores of Asia. While considered as the ‘cradle of human civilization,’ these areas have often served as a fighting arena from time immemorial. Conflict and cooperation in the modern era of nation states following the decline of ancient empires has…
    September 11, 2020 26320 views
  • 28min

    Intra-Arab alliances, challenges and interests - Jerusalem Studio 538

    In the 75 years since the creation of the Arab League, which grew from 6 to 22 members, countries of North Africa, the Levant and the Persian Gulf areas have never acted as a unified block - except at times against Israel. Now, with Iran and Jihadist groups as their mortal enemies, Israel at peace…
    September 08, 2020 9963 views
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    US maximum pressure campaign vs. Iran - Jerusalem Studio 537

    In about two weeks’ time on September 20th, the global sanctions on Iran – which was lifted five years ago and included an embargo on conventional arms - will snap back into force due to an American decision to veto any United Nations Security Council action to avoid it. This is the latest move in…
    September 04, 2020 20026 views
  • 28min

    Lebanon battles for survival amid deep-rooted distress - JS 536

    Four weeks after the horrific blast on the port of Beirut, which killed close to 200 people, wounded thousands more and brought about the resignation of the cabinet - Lebanon is still beset by a series of crises - health, corruption and long-lasting political deadlock due to foreign influences. Is there a cure for the…
    September 01, 2020 4892 views
  • 28min

    Challenges on Israel's southern front with Gaza - Jerusalem Studio 535

    For several weeks now, the Gaza-Israel front has been simmering. Balloons strapped with incendiary and explosive devices are set-sailing by Hamas towards Israeli villages, towns and farmlands, sparking numerous daily fires under the scorching-sun and risking lives. In response, Israeli fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles and tanks hit Hamas positions near-daily, all-the-while refraining from targeting…
    August 28, 2020 12410 views
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    Israel’s rapprochement with the Arab world – Jerusalem Studio 534

    A week after the United Arab Emirates and Israel announced their intention to normalize their relations and bring them from the practical level to an official one, there are mixed ramifications. More and more Arabian Gulf regimes react favorably and may soon follow suit, yet in Israel’s immediate vicinity, in Gaza, it is far from…
    August 25, 2020 15178 views
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    East Mediterranean - Turkey Greece tensions – Jerusalem Studio 533

    When Homer wrote about “the wine-dark sea”, thousands of years ago, he referred to the same part of the Eastern Mediterranean which throughout history has been a naval battleground. Yet today history and geography converge once again with Turkey and its arch-rival Greece clash over gas reserves hidden underneath, and with regional powers such as…
    August 21, 2020 95965 views
  • 27min

    Russia-Iran relations and interests – Jerusalem Studio 532

    Several weeks ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif travelled once again to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. As usual, they issued a most positive communique, but behind the nice words there lies friction between these two actors in the Syrian conflict, among other regional sectors of operation. Panel: - Jonathan…
    August 18, 2020 31469 views
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    Lebanon’s domestic and regional woes – Jerusalem Studio 531

    The terrible explosion which brought death and destruction to Beirut on 4 August is still felt around Lebanon and may turn out to be a turning point in the country’s political history. Coming on top of social, economic and medical crisis, the horrendous harbor incident ripped apart not only hundreds and thousands of lives and…
    August 14, 2020 13021 views
  • 28min

    China's growing influence over Iran – Jerusalem Studio 530

    The old lesson about ‘politics abhorring a vacuum’ (including on a global scale) is apparently being learned once again in the Middle East. The United States is in the process of leaving Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This policy could be reversed by a future administration, but for the time being, an assertive Russia stepped in…
    August 11, 2020 13836 views
  • 27min

    Israel's Imminent Security Challenges – Jerusalem Studio 529

    In recent weeks tensions along Israel’s northern front have erupted on several locations – steeply exacerbating the prospects for wider escalation. Are we on the brink of war despite widespread domestic unrest in all the member-states involved? Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host. - Amir Oren, Analyst. - Brigadier General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Project Director…
    August 07, 2020 39436 views
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    Iran’s persistent efforts to preserve its regional agenda - Jerusalem Studio 528

    Despite repeated efforts to portray itself as resilient, the Islamic Republic of Iran is in one of its worst situations ever. The Corona virus crisis has it Iran especially hard. Its economy is crumbling. Mysterious attacks on its nuclear infrastructure seem to have set it back even as the regime threatened to ignore its international…
    August 04, 2020 9237 views
  • 28min

    Israel and the Mideast: a situation overview - Jerusalem Studio 527

    The border between Israel and Lebanon flared up this week, as the leader of the Iranian-proxy Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, made good on his promise to retaliate for each time one of his operatives is killed in alleged Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Syria. Israel, which counter-claimed that the Lebanese national killed in an…
    July 31, 2020 64965 views
  • 28min

    China's Mideast interests and challenges - Jerusalem Studio 517

    China’s Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead at his residence, and while there was seemingly no foul play involved - the timing was curious. Ambassador Du only arrived in Israel three months ago at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in his country, and his death came just days after a visit to…
    July 24, 2020 10258 views
  • 28min

    U.S.-Israel bilateral relations 2020 – Jerusalem Studio 495

    There was a span of eight months between the last elections in Israel and the anticipated U.S. elections scheduled for 3 November. During this time, Jerusalem’s next government and the Trump Administration will have to manage the political, diplomatic and security aspects of their relationship, as they lay the ground for a more thorough review…
    July 17, 2020 13527 views
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    U.S. ‘Deal of the Century,’ projections and implications – Jerusalem Studio 486

    When U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited vision for peace between Israelis and Palestinians- as expected it drew both praise and criticism. While Trump was given credit for trying to succeed where his predecessors failed, he was also faulted for various details of his so-called “Deal of the Century." Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host.…
    July 10, 2020 22277 views
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    Iran’s ideological aspirations and hurdles – Jerusalem Studio 484

    Forty years on, the Islamic Republic of Iran is both an ideological power wishing to export its fundamental theology and a realistic nation-state aware of power politics. The two streams are reflected in the struggle apparently involving major figures in the regime – following the latest flareups with the United States. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen,…
    July 07, 2020 13762 views
  • 28min

    Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, prospects and challenges - Jerusalem Studio 526

    Is Israel’s aspiration to assert sovereignty over internationally-disputed territories on the West Bank of the Jordan River moving from a rhetorical standpoint to a proactive stage? Can we to expect an imminent historic declaration on 1 July? Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host. - Amir Oren, Analyst. - Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem…
    June 25, 2020 2706 views
  • 28min

    Europe-Israel relations amid talks of West Bank annexation - Jerusalem Studio 525

    When Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz formed their co-equal cabinet several weeks ago, both Israeli leaders agreed that Jerusalem would start a move to extend its sovereignty over parts of the disputed territories on the West Bank of the Jordan River; provided the granting of Washington’s blessing over the designated territories and consequential measures involved.…
    June 23, 2020 11175 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s unyielding pursuit of nuclear weapon capabilities Jerusalem Studio 524

    With less than five months before the American Presidential elections, U.S. relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran seem to be moving on two parallel routes leading to heating up and cooling down. There has been a prisoner swap, with express calls on the American side to enlarge this opening for a comprehensive deal focusing…
    June 19, 2020 25314 views
  • 28min

    Saudi-Israel relations and prospects of peace – Jerusalem Studio 523

    Saudi Arabia is obviously the largest, wealthiest and most important country in the Arabian Peninsula. The Sunni House of Saud considers the militant Shiite regime in Tehran as its sworn enemy. There is thus common cause between the Saudis and the Israelis, as well as with the Trump administration in Washington. What is the current…
    June 16, 2020 23117 views
  • 28min

    Libya’s conflict and strategic significance – Jerusalem Studio 522

    The state of Libya, which is a country of significant strategic value in the south-central Mediterranean, continues to be torn between domestic forces supported by regional and global powers. The winning side of the ongoing conflict between the Western-based Government of National Accord and the Eastern-based Libyan National Army, will grant their respective allies control…
    June 12, 2020 16754 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s growing security challenges, Part 2 – Jerusalem Studio 521

    The first of this two-part series examined how Israel is preparing for a potential escalation on its Palestinian front if the planned annexation of parts of the West Bank comes to pass. Part 2 takes a look at other enemies and problems facing the Israeli military. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host. - Amir Oren, Analyst.…
    June 09, 2020 10237 views
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    Israel’s growing security challenges, Part 1 – Jerusalem Studio 520

    In recent days Israel has stepped up preparations for various contingencies which may arise ahead of or following a formal announcement of asserted sovereignty over parts of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and Biblical districts of Judea and Samaria as early as the beginning of July. Threats of massive conflict and other retaliatory…
    June 05, 2020 23746 views
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    Iran's regional activities in the face of Israeli active resistance – Jerusalem Studio 519

    In recent weeks, Israel marked the 20th anniversary of its final withdrawal from Lebanon, thereby depriving the Lebanese Iranian-proxy Hezbollah of its main declared cause for battling Israel. Yet, the Islamic Republic of Iran has persisted in its anti-Israel campaign and is actively using Syria as one of several launching pads. As of late, Israel…
    June 02, 2020 23952 views
  • 28min

    Israel's interests and challenges vis-a-vis West Bank annexation – Jerusalem Studio 518

    In about one month’s time, the Israeli government would be able to start the process of extending its sovereignty over parts of the territories east of its border and west of the Jordan River. This move should be coordinated with the U.S. administration and has already raised strong objections by the Jordanian and Palestinian leaderships,…
    May 29, 2020 17354 views
  • 28min

    China's Mideast interests and challenges - Jerusalem Studio 517

    China’s Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead in his residence last week. While there was seemingly no foul play involved, the timing was curious. Ambassador Du only arrived in Israel three months ago at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in his country, and his death came just days after a visit to…
    May 26, 2020 5481 views
  • 28min

    Israel's newly formed national unity government – Jerusalem Studio 516

    Earlier this week, the Israeli Parliament, or Knesset in Hebrew, ended 507 days of political limbo by voting into office a new government, jointly headed by Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival turned Alternate Prime Minister, Benny Gantz. The uniquely structured government has a lot of domestic and foreign issues on its plate, but the…
    May 22, 2020 9928 views
  • 27min

    Libya: latest update on the situation – Jerusalem Studio 515

    The conflict in Libya, between two competing forces assisted by regional and global actors, has seemingly reached a deadlock. Neither the government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, nor the militia commanded by Khalifa Haftar can defeat each other, and the costs in civilian casualties and infrastructure destruction keeps rising. Is there a solution in the horizon,…
    May 19, 2020 16558 views
  • 28min

    U.S. regional challenges and interests – Jerusalem Studio 514

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Jerusalem for a few hours earlier this week, to confer with Israeli political and intelligence leaders. As usual, he touched upon the joint American-Israeli fight against Iranian aggression, as well as the so-called Trump Peace Plan and a possible change in the status of parts of the West…
    May 15, 2020 6456 views
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    Israel’s regional security challenges – Jerusalem Studio 513

    Israel usually declines to comment on reports detailing alleged attacks by its Air Force and other units in Syria, mostly against Iranian targets. But according to reliable sources in Jerusalem, action against Iran and its proxies had indeed intensified, as of late. Meanwhile, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Islamist groups in Gaza have not laid down…
    May 12, 2020 8148 views
  • 28min

    Egypt’s efforts to attain social stability & Security – Jerusalem Studio 512

    With more than 100 million citizens mostly crowded in metropolitan Cairo and along the Nile river, Egypt is near-impossible to govern, as it is persistently plagued with social unrest, economic misery and security forces struggling against terror groups of various Islamist and Jihadists affiliations. Nevertheless, Egyptian President Abd-el Fatah a-Sisi seems to have relatively stabilized…
    May 08, 2020 5052 views
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    Iran's military advancement amid COVID19 - Jerusalem Studio 511

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is suffering from several overlapping crises, which brought public approval of Tehran authorities to a new low. While Iran faces one of the most severe consequences of the corona pandemic, its Revolutionary Guards Corps defied international scrutiny by conducting a successful launch of a military satellite, an obvious signal of…
    May 05, 2020 29682 views
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    Israel's National Emergency Government amid COVID19 – Jerusalem Studio 510

    Israel marked this week two of the most significant dates on its calendar, Memorial and Independence Days, to celebrate 72 years since its inception and to commemorate more than 23,000 soldiers and civilians who died in wars and terror-related attacks over this period. Yet, this two day pause in routine activities served to underscore an…
    May 01, 2020 13125 views
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    Syria vs Turkey amid the coronavirus crisis - Jerusalem Studio 509

    The entire Middle East seems to be focused on the coronavirus crisis. While the spreading contagion is indeed a major issue everywhere, it is not the only one. In northern Syria, the Assad regime and Turkey are still in conflict, with various other powers involved directly or indirectly. To look at this persistent problem, which…
    April 28, 2020 7342 views
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    Israel's relentless battle vs the coronavirus - Jerusalem Studio 508

    The Israeli political system, which has defined the coronavirus crisis, as severe enough to justify the establishment of a so-called national emergency government in Jerusalem – has earlier this week started to ease restrictions on the country’s economic and social activities. Should the consequences of alleviating the government-enacted measures prove hasty – is the decision…
    April 24, 2020 2403 views
  • 29min

    Israel, the Palestinians and the coronavirus – Jerusalem Studio 507

    Amid ongoing efforts by Israeli authorities to battle the corona contagion, Jerusalem is forced to consider the implication of the pandemic in the two Palestinian entities, neighboring the country. And while relations with the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah is institutionalized, the Jewish State has seen the mutual benefit of working with health authorities in the…
    April 21, 2020 6312 views
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    Israel's battle against the coronavirus – Jerusalem Studio 506

    Amid intensifying efforts by Jerusalem authorities to battle the unrelenting spread of the corona contagion, Israel has been beset by several successive holidays of various faiths, in which believers tend to congregate. Nevertheless, amid the unprecedented situation in which social distancing is the order of the day, most Israelis have complied with the restrictive measures…
    April 17, 2020 3122 views
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    Iran aspirations and challenges amid COVID19 - Jerusalem Studio 505

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the countries hardest-hit by the corona contagion, on top of the fact that its global standing and domestic difficulties have challenged the Ayatollah regime well-before the current crisis emerged. Will this pandemic also prove lethal to the regime? Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Mr. Meir…
    April 14, 2020 9868 views
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    Israel's unyielding battle vs the corona virus - Jerusalem Studio 504

    Much like many other countries, Israel has tackled the corona contagion in a relatively complacent manner; yet, when it realized the severity of the crisis – it marshaled all of its resources and sprung into action. Is it already possible to outline the full magnitude of the medical, social and economic upheaval? Guests: 1. Dr.…
    April 10, 2020 12378 views
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    Mideast Strategic security challenges amid COVID19 - Jerusalem Studio 503

    The corona contagion overshadows all other issues across the Middle East, as is the case globally. And while all other matters pertaining to the security situation in the Levant and beyond may have been marginalized in the public’s consciousness – they continue to pose challenges to local and major actors, alike. In today’s program we…
    April 08, 2020 5616 views
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    Israel’s efforts amid COVID19 crisis - Jerusalem Studio 502

    Israel is seemingly struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of confirmed cases steadily rises, already amounting to some thousands of affected Israelis. How is the government in Jerusalem dealing with the contagion’s spread, and to what degree is the Israeli public adherent to the unprecedented – yet necessary –…
    April 03, 2020 6375 views
  • 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 4938 views
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    Israel security challenges amid COVID-19 (part I)- Jerusalem Studio 500

    The crisis that emerged in Israel with the eruption of the coronavirus has mesmerized the local population to an extent unprecedented, short of all-out military configurations. In contrast to other western societies, where the number of fatalities is must larger; the Jewish State is also dealing with a political deadlock in Jerusalem, and is in…
    March 27, 2020 8505 views
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    The Iranian nuclear program- Jerusalem Studio 499

    While the coronavirus crisis evidently overshadows all other world events; the Islamic Republic of Iran seems bent on challenging the West vis-à-vis its nuclear program. Earlier this month, the international atomic energy agency published a sharp rebuke of the clerical regime in Tehran over its persisting efforts to evade its responsibilities under its obligations as…
    March 24, 2020 14098 views
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    Israel and the Coronavirus, a world pandemic – Jerusalem Studio 498

    The commonly-known coronavirus, which was declared by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic, has engulfed Israel – must as it did many other countries, throughout the world. The Israeli interim government has issued strict orders with regard to public and private behavior, with normal life almost grinding to a halt, and the economy…
    March 20, 2020 5035 views
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