Israeli preparedness amid heightened tensions - Jerusalem Studio 446

Earlier this week, Israelis braced themselves for a flare-up along the country's northern border. The leader of Iran’s Lebanese-proxy Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, promised retaliation for certain Israeli actions a week prior. In the events, Nasrallah made good on his pledge – yet, the incident ended without casualties – a fact that mitigated prospects for further escalation.
- Jonathan Hessen, host.
- Amir Oren, analyst.
- Prof. Efraim Inbar; President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security.
- Dr. Eran Lerman vice president of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a lecturer at Shalem College.

  • Published: September 06, 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.


  • 28 min

    Egypt: social unrest challenges stability- Jerusalem Studio 457

    Egypt is facing a multitude of challenges on the economic, political and security fronts. President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is trying to contend with domestic unrest, while at the same time, seeking to restore his country to its dominant regional position. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. - Prof. Efraim Inbar; President of…
    October 14, 2019 2365 views
  • 28 min

    Israel-Iran: prospects of wide-scale conflict- Jerusalem Studio 456

    Earlier this week Prime Minister Netanyahu convened an urgent cabinet meeting, to discuss the growing threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, as perceived by Israel. The new danger discussed is a capability to launch cruise missiles with precision warheads. Panel: -Jonathan Hesse, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Prof. Efraim Inbar; President of the Jerusalem…
    October 10, 2019 8491 views
  • 28 min

    Israel’s economic stability and challenges- Jerusalem Studio 455

    I’m Erin Viner, sitting in for Jonathan Hessen. Israel’s Finance Ministry is projecting a significant slowdown in economic growth of 1-2% – following a rapid 5% growth during the first quarter. Israel’s overall estimated growth during the first half of the year (between 3.2 and 3.4%) is still healthier than many other int’l economies –…
    October 07, 2019 2460 views
  • 28 min

    U.S.-Israel alliance: challenges and interests- Jerusalem Studio 454

    The United States has traditionally been one of the strongest allies of the Jewish State, and visa versa - although there have been strained relations at times over the years. Panel: - Erin Viner, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. - Ambassador Danny Ayalon, Israel's Former Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States. -…
    October 03, 2019 4356 views
  • 28 min

    Iran-Saudi Arabia: Prospects of an all-out conflagration - Jerusalem Studio 453

    There has been a sharp rise in rhetoric between the United States and Iran in the wake of 10 drone attacks on Saudi oil installations, on top of already high tensions in the Persian Gulf. Panel: - Erin Viner, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. - Mr. Meir Javedanfar, Iran lecturer, IDC Herzliya - Prof. Hillel…
    October 01, 2019 8613 views
  • 28 min

    Post-Election Developments in Israel- Jerusalem Studio 452

    Israel just historically held its second round of national elections in one year – in fact, only five and a half months apart. The thriving democracy in this country was very much witnessed on September 17th, with a nearly 70% turnout of all eligible voters, which is very high; to participate in a political system…
    September 26, 2019 5230 views
  • 28 min

    Reemergence of the Islamic State - Jerusalem Studio 451

    If one were to take at face value the triumphant announcements by leaders of the global coalition against the Islamic State, or Daesh - this Islamist organization which took over large parts of Iraq and Syria has been not only decimated… but defeated altogether by the end of last year. Yet, as was to be…
    October 01, 2019 3462 views
  • 28 min

    Islam’s Shi’ite-Sunni Mideast Rivalries- Jerusalem Studio 450

    The most ferocious religious conflicts are often not those between different religions, but rather between various streams within a common religion. That is no longer true in the context of Christianity between Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox, but it is certainly the case in Islam, with the Shiites led by Iran hostile towards the Sunnis led…
    September 19, 2019 3743 views
  • 28 min

    Israel’s Parliamentary Election Day - Jerusalem Studio 449

    Israelis have been flocking to the polling stations today, for the second time this year, and are now anxiously awaiting the projections coming out of the exit polls, while the final and formal results will emerge in the next few days. The suspense has to do with the notion that this might be outgoing-Prime Minister…
    September 17, 2019 6240 views
  • 28 min

    Syria, eight-and-a-half year to its multi-sided conflict – Jerusalem Studio 448

    It is now one-hundred months since Syria became subjected to - what started as a popular uprising and quickly turned into a civil war – ultimately being transformed into a multi-dimensional conflict, involving regional and global forces. What are the prospects for an end to – what has been frequently defined as – a conflict…
    September 13, 2019 4789 views
  • 28 min

    Iran and the West - latest developments- Jerusalem Studio 447

    The tense relationship between Iran and the West seems to be moving along two contradictory trajectories. While the U.S. Administration has not budged from its official maximum pressure campaign against the Ayatollah regime, President Donald Trump has blessed an initiative by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, to seek a diplomatic rapprochement. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen,…
    September 10, 2019 4522 views
  • 28 min

    Israeli preparedness amid heightened tensions - Jerusalem Studio 446

    Earlier this week, Israelis braced themselves for a flare-up along the country's northern border. The leader of Iran’s Lebanese-proxy Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, promised retaliation for certain Israeli actions a week prior. In the events, Nasrallah made good on his pledge – yet, the incident ended without casualties – a fact that mitigated prospects for…
    September 05, 2019 18488 views
  • 28 min

    Europe, a Union of Divisions in Foreign Policy -Jerusalem Studio 445

    Does Europe have a distinct position on the major issues of the Middle East, and is it really united in its stand vis-à-vis Iran, Syria and other foreign policy security concerns? This question poses itself especially following last week’s G7 summit that provided a forum for world leaders to debate their various positions. Panel: -…
    September 03, 2019 2374 views
  • 28 min

    Iraq, a battlefield of global and regional rivalries- Jerusalem Studio 444

    Attention in the Middle East has gradually returned to a country, which in recent years seemed to have faded from its center stage prominence. The country in question: Iraq, is fighting remnants of the Islamic State, which lives on through its hold on key religious and ideological institutions. The Central Government in Baghdad is also…
    August 30, 2019 3334 views
  • 28 min

    Rising tensions in and around the Gaza Strip- Jerusalem Studio 443

    Israel’s southern frontier has been flaring up constantly over the last year and a half, with the Israeli military and the Islamist Palestinian factions in the Hamas-controlled enclave exchanging fire. Both sides appear to be relatively restrained – making every apparent effort to refrain from gliding into a full-scale conflagration. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, host.…
    August 27, 2019 7958 views
  • 28 min

    Iran vs West, strategies & tactics – Jerusalem Studio 442

    Gibraltar Authorities ended a weekly long stalemate between Britain and the Islamic Republic last week, by releasing an Iranian oil tanker that was seized upon the request of the United States. This would seemingly help relieve some of the tensions revolving the confrontation between Washington and Tehran, but the so-called Grace affair, is only one…
    August 23, 2019 7199 views
  • 28 min

    Israel’s Economic Standing amidst U.S.-China Rivalries- Jerusalem Studio 441

    The Israeli economy has benefited from improved relations with several of the world’s major powers. That said, when two of these powers are at loggerheads, Israeli decision makers find themselves between the American rock and the Chinese hard-place – forced to choose between the two, while knowing that either-way, Jerusalem will have to pay the…
    August 20, 2019 3220 views
  • 28 min

    Turkey vs Syria, amid international scrutiny - Jerusalem Studio 440

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to invade northeastern Syria and establish a so-called ‘safe zone’ by force, unless the United States follows on a pledge to scale-back the presence of the pre-dominantly Kurdish SDF alliance, a local composition of Syrian militias that are backed by Washington. This has become a major bone of…
    August 16, 2019 5328 views
  • 28 min

    The Iran crisis amidst global rivalries – Jerusalem Studio 439

    The Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States government have been locked in a battle of narratives regarding their ongoing dispute over Washington’s resistance to Tehran’s behavior. While the Trump Administration claims that the conflict emanates from Iran’s expansionist policies and other actions, the Persian authorities argue that they are merely responding to Western…
    August 13, 2019 8942 views
  • 28 min

    Israel heads to another round of national elections – Jerusalem Studio 438

    In less than six weeks’ time, Israeli political parties will once again fight their way to the polls in a general election for the country’s 120-member parliament. At the center of this election campaign, stands outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who according to public opinion polls – remains short of a necessary majority for a…
    August 08, 2019 2727 views
  • 28 min

    Israel’s Challenges amid US - Iran Stand-Off- Jerusalem Studio 437

    In the American - Iranian stand-off in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere, no breakthrough seems to be on the horizon. Over the last several weeks, there has been no further escalation, yet there is also no apparent respite. Israel is on a unique position in this crisis, as it is not a part to the…
    August 06, 2019 11672 views
  • 28 min

    The European Union and Israel - Jerusalem Studio 436

    The relationship between the European Union and Israel has had its ups and downs. Some may say that the Jewish State, which lies in close territorial proximity to the continent and partakes in European sports and cultural events, should be considered for all practical purposes both Middle Eastern and European. Diplomatically, Jerusalem maintains permanent mission…
    July 29, 2019 6246 views
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    October 12, 2019 4586 views
  • 31 min

    Special with Former IAEA Deputy Director General Olli Heinonen - Jerusalem Studio 435

    Shalom and welcome to a special addition of TV7’s Jerusalem Studio, this time from Tel Aviv, were we will discuss the Islamic Republic of Iran and its nuclear ambitions as well as the international scrutiny directed at it. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, host. - Olli Heinonen, Former Deputy General IAEA. Articles on the topic:…
    June 26, 2019 3347 views
  • 28 min

    Persecution of Christians in the Middle East – Jerusalem Studio 434

    The Middle East, and more specifically - what is now the state of Israel - is of course the birthplace of Jesus Christ and the Christian faith. That said, Christians do not necessarily enjoy freedom of religion in most of the countries in the region – and repeatedly are face with harassment, persecution and discrimination,…
    June 25, 2019 17573 views
  • 28 min

    Lebanon- Israel: conflict resolution & mediation – Jerusalem Studio 433

    In a diplomatic breakthrough, both Israel and Lebanon agreed earlier this month to hold negotiations over the fate of so-called bloc-9 of a dispute off-shore gas-field. The talks will be mediated by the United States, and held under United Nations auspices. Hopefully, if deemed successful, some of the tensions between Jerusalem and Beirut will be…
    June 18, 2019 11604 views
  • 28 min

    Gaza: prospects & concerns – Jerusalem Studio 432

    With 2019 nearing mid-point, predictions regarding the fragile situation vis-à-vis the Gaza Strip has yet to materialize. Earlier, there were indications of either a major Israeli military incursion into the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave, or a de-facto arrangement between the parties, which sought to realize a mutuality-invested cessation-of-hostilities. Unexpectedly, neither scenario took hold. Panel: - Jonathan…
    June 18, 2019 4855 views
  • 28 min

    Iran & the West, diplomacy and war- Jerusalem Studio 431

    Over the past several weeks, the emphasis - in what can be regarded as the Iran crisis – has shifted from belligerent rhetoric to indirect diplomacy, as well as an apparent beginning of confidence building measures. Do the latest developments indicate a mutual effort at de-escalation or are merely a pause in an inevitable military…
    June 13, 2019 5569 views
  • 28 min

    Jerusalem's political stability and implications - Jerusalem Studio 430

    Six weeks after the inauguration of the Israeli parliament, the 21st Knesset; it has surprisingly voted itself out of existence. This unprecedented move took place when outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was blocked in his efforts to form a new coalition, and rather than let another candidate try his hand at forming an alternative government…
    June 11, 2019 3005 views
  • 28 min

    Iran's defiance amidst mounting pressure - Jerusalem Studio 429

    For more than two years, the Trump Administration has exerted – what it calls – maximum pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran - crippling its economy in general, and its income-producing oil industry, in particular. While Tehran is yet to give in to this pressure, the American measures have exerted a toll on the…
    June 07, 2019 6901 views
  • 28 min

    Israeli-Palestinian conflict, international angle - Jerusalem Studio 428

    The Israeli Palestinian conflict has never been a bilateral affair, with external forces – both regional and global – having their own designs and interests, at times contradictory to the parties themselves. With the U.S. initiative promised to be unveiled soon, the status of global involvement may turn-out to be more crucial than-ever - for…
    October 12, 2019 3491 views
  • 26 min

    Israeli-Palestinian conflict, international angle - Jerusalem Studio 428

    Due to technical issues we ask you go to the following link for the full 30 minute episode: The Israeli Palestinian conflict has never been a bilateral affair, with external forces – both regional and global – having their own designs and interests, at times contradictory to the parties themselves. With the U.S. initiative…
    June 06, 2019 5114 views
  • 28 min

    U.S.-Iran, on a course of collision - Jerusalem Studio 427

    If one were to judge by rhetoric only, the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran are inevitable drawn into a head-on clash. That said, along with a verbal escalation, there are efforts to cool the heat and bring, about some form of dialogue. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr.…
    May 31, 2019 9427 views
  • 28 min

    Israeli-Arab conflict, battle over Jerusalem – Jerusalem Studio 426

    As time fast approaches for the official unveiling of the anticipated so-called "deal of the century" for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one crucial piece in the puzzle, is surely going to be – the status of Jerusalem. While the dispute over the city could possibly face delay, Jerusalem's significance to both Israelis and Arabs makes it…
    May 28, 2019 7420 views
  • 28 min

    Global rivalries, regional impact- Jerusalem Studio 425

    The United States government defines Russia and China as its main global adversaries, in the sectors of trade, diplomacy, cyber and security. While it has not clashed with those powers militarily, it does see such a confrontation down the road as a viable scenario. How does the Middle East in general, and Israel in particular,…
    May 24, 2019 3340 views
  • 28 min

    Iran's deteriorating global standing - Jerusalem Studio 424

    The relations between Washington and Tehran, which have deteriorated over the last two years, are at a boiling point. A year after the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, and as a result, re-imposed on it crippling international sanctions; the Islamic Republic is responding with actions - - both overt, and…
    May 21, 2019 4667 views
  • 28 min

    Gaza: terror vs humanitarian distress- Jerusalem Studio 423

    A temporary respite that was achieved last week between Israel and the Islamist organizations in Gaza could be broken at any moment, as the situation has all the markings of in-stability. The humanitarian plight of the population is increasingly putting pressure on Gaza's ruling Hamas organization, while the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad seems to persistently challenge…
    May 16, 2019 7407 views
  • 28 min

    The dangers of militant Islam - Jerusalem Studio 422

    One of the most distinct phenomena of the last several decades has been the rise of militant Islam. Both regimes and organized-movements have sprung-up throughout the Middle East and beyond, with ambitious agendas and lethal actions based on modern technology and the ease of recruitment in the era of mass-communications. That said, these radical entities…
    May 14, 2019 3631 views
  • 28 min

    Iran under strict sanctions regime - Jerusalem Studio 421

    A year after the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran, tensions are steadily rising between Washington and Tehran. And as the Islamic Republic is about to implement counter-measures challenging the Trump Administration's policy, the Persian gulf could become a cauldron-of-conflict. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr. Emily Landau, Senior Research Fellow,…
    May 08, 2019 5351 views
  • 28 min

    “Deal of the century” amid battle over sovereignty - Jerusalem Studio 420

    Next month, after the Muslim month Ramadan, and with a new Israeli government in sight; the long anticipated American peace initiative for the decades old Israeli-Palestinian conflict is expected to be unveiled. What does it mean for the contradictory claims of statehood, sovereignty and Security, which the various actors aspire to achieve? Panel: - Jonathan…
    May 07, 2019 5667 views
  • 28 min

    Israel-Lebanon: Prospects of a summer conflict - Jerusalem Studio 419

    With spring turning into summer in the Middle East, the Israeli-Lebanese front also threatens to heat-up. Warnings of war have been heard from both Jerusalem and Beirut – amid a tightening Iranian grip along Israel's northern frontier. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr. Mordechai Nisan, retired lecture on Middle East Studies…
    May 02, 2019 5570 views
  • 28 min

    Rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran- Jerusalem Studio 418

    The United States announced earlier this week its decision to end temporary waivers vis-à-vis oil purchases from Iran, which were granted to eight countries and jurisdictions that relied heavily on Iranian oil supply, for the purpose of a "transition period", would expire on the second of May. The measure aims to decrease Iran's oil exports…
    April 30, 2019 5591 views
  • 28 min

    Egypt’s strive for stability - Jerusalem Studio 417

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi has managed to bolster his internal position, following parliamentary votes on constitutional amendments and a referendum, effectively prolonging his rule until 2030. Egypt's situation in the regional context, however, seems to precarious – with concerns on almost any front. Panel: - Jonathan Hesse, host. - Amir Oren, analyst. -…
    April 26, 2019 1583 views
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    Turkey’s dilemma between East and West - Jerusalem Studio 416

    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.…
    April 23, 2019 4933 views
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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.…
    April 18, 2019 3408 views
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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.…
    April 16, 2019 21854 views
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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,…
    April 11, 2019 6722 views
  • 28 min

    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…
    April 09, 2019 9734 views
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