Turkey’s regional security challenges & aspirations – Jerusalem Studio 491

The area in Northern Syria, just south of the Turkish border, has in recent weeks been the focus of friction, as fighters and refugees move in and out of embattled spots in Idlib province. While Moscow is in full support of Damascus, it is also negotiating with Ankara to find some interim solution.
- Jonathan Hessen, host.
- Amir Oren, analyst.
- Colonel (Reserve) Reuven Ben-Shalom, cross-cultural strategist and associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.
- Dr. Hay Eitan Cohen Yanarocak, research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center and Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, Tel Aviv University

  • Published: February 25, 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.


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    The global war on Islamic terror – Jerusalem Studio 703

    The recent focus on Russia’s war against Ukraine and China’s militant move against a perceived threat to the status quo in Taiwan reflect a reality envisioned several years ago in American defense planning - the world has reverted to a game of nations. States and governments, not movements and organizations, operate and interact. This is…
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    Western response to Iran’s nuclear advancements - Jerusalem Studio 702

    The movie “Iran’s progress towards nuclear weapons” is seemingly being shot in slow motion. Rather than a mad dash to the finish line, which could immediately also turn out to be the finish line for Iran’s nuclear project because it will be struck by countries or alliances opposed to it, the Iranians are deliberately crawling…
    August 09, 2022 5406 views
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    Russia-Iran mutual reliance, Mideast implications - Jerusalem Studio 701

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Tehran last month was not aimed at getting concrete and immediate results. It was unrealistic to expect Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and their host, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to settle all of their differences on various issues, such as the situation in Syria. The intention was obviously…
    August 06, 2022 7878 views
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    Will Lebanon's crisis risk escalation with Israel? Jerusalem Studio

    Israel’s northern frontier with Lebanon has been mostly quiet for the last 16 years, with periods of tension although not of escalation. There is no symmetry between Jerusalem and Beirut, as one side has a government and military while the other is dominated by an organization, Hezbollah, whose very existence is predicated on continued “resistance.”…
    July 26, 2022 11862 views
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    Israel's Strategic Overview amid Political Instability - Jerusalem Studio

    With less than 100 days to go before its general election, Israel is facing military and security challenges which refuse to wait until the voters have their say and the new Knesset comes up with a coalition government - or gives up and calls for yet another round. With Palestinian disappointment at lack of progress…
    July 22, 2022 10346 views
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    Saudi Arabia reasserts its regional role – Jerusalem Studio

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman went on a tour of Mideast capitals late last month, renewing his contacts with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Turkey. MBS, as he is known, was a favorite of the Trump administration, but was subsequently shunned by the Biden team – which frequently waves the flag of human…
    July 05, 2022 14861 views
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    Turkey-Israel Cooperation versus Iranian terror - Jerusalem Studio 700

    The old principle that a crisis is also an opportunity was validated last month when Israel learned that its citizens were actively being targeted by Iranian hit squads in the city of Istanbul. Close cooperation between Mossad and the Turkish MIT intelligence service managed to foil several plots and bring about the arrest of would-be…
    July 01, 2022 6337 views
  • 28min

    Middle Eastern Energy amid Supply Shortages - Jerusalem Studio 699

    The Middle East became prominent in world affairs for its religious and cultural centrality due to its location between continents and maritime routes, but most of all because of the discovery of oil -- at a time when demand for the resource escalated by the industrial and transportation sectors. "Oil is still King" but there…
    June 28, 2022 6055 views
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    Washington’s Mideast Efforts and Aspirations - Jerusalem Studio 698

    US President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the Middle East next month for the first time in his term in office, although he has of course been to the region many times in the past, dating back to 1973. During his 4-day tour in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabia, the US leader…
    June 24, 2022 5189 views
  • 28min

    Lebanon: will political instability lead to war? Jerusalem Studio 697

    A month after its parliamentary elections, Lebanon is still sinking into the abyss with no political center to stabilize the turbulent system. No major group or coalition emerged, many new members are unknown qualities with questionable loyalties; the economy is crashing, and everyday life becomes ever harder to negotiate. How can Lebanon emerge out of…
    June 21, 2022 7901 views
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    Israel's military preparedness post-Chariots of Fire – Jerusalem Studio 696

    The Israel Defense Forces changes its top leader every four years. The current chief, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, is due to retire at the turn of the year. He is already preparing his end of tour report by testing his forces through a month-long exercise, Chariots of Fire – which was held not only in…
    June 14, 2022 23804 views
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    Turkey's security-related considerations for Syria & Iraq – Jerusalem Studio 695

    The Kurdish minorities in several Middle Eastern countries have never been close to fulfilling their historical dream of creating a Kurdistan, which will inevitably mean cutting territories out of nations currently with sovereignty over them. They nevertheless keep trying - and by the same measure - those nations are resisting Kurdish efforts. None more so…
    June 10, 2022 7984 views
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    Jerusalem’s political stability – Jerusalem Studio 694

    In a week’s time, Israel will mark Benjamin Netanyahu’s first year out of power. His rivals have managed to hold together a unique right-center-left coalition - united on almost no issue save the determination to block Netanyahu’s return to the office he occupied for the preceding dozen years. The government headed by Naftali Bennett and…
    June 07, 2022 4598 views
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    Iran’s nuclear advances amid diplomatic deadlock – Jerusalem Studio 693

    When Special Envoy for Iran in the State Department Rob Malley testified during a Senate committee on the Biden Administration’s policy last week, he expressed a rather pessimistic view of the prospects for a renewed nuclear deal. Such an agreement, he said, is better than the present situation because without it, “Iran advanced its program…
    June 03, 2022 7264 views
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    Iran's domestic woes due to its malign priorities – Jerusalem Studio 692

    The Islamic regime in Tehran does not derive its legitimacy and authority from popular support. It claims divine backing, but just in case - relies on brute force, through the Revolutionary Guards Corps and other military, security and police organizations. Nevertheless, the problems endemic to Iran’s economy and exacerbated by the sanctions imposed on its…
    May 31, 2022 5001 views
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    Gaza: An obstacle to regional stability – Jerusalem Studio 691

    For the last 17 years, Israel has been out of the Gaza District, having unilaterally left it under Palestinian rule. For 15 of those years, Hamas has controlled this jam-packed narrow territory and its two million inhabitants. And for 11 of those, the leader of Hamas and therefore of Gaza has been Yahya Sinwar, a…
    May 24, 2022 11888 views
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    The Damascus-Tehran link amid global developments – Jerusalem Studio 690

    Earlier this month, the European Union convened in Brussels a meeting of representatives of mostly Arab and European nations and organizations, along with the United States and Japan. The agenda had to do with the humanitarian situation in Syria and the country’s political future, as well as the determination to keep fighting Daesh (Islamic State);…
    May 20, 2022 12987 views
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    US-Israel relations amid great power competition – Jerusalem Studio 689

    U.S. President Joe Biden intends to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority next month, in a show of support for their governments and for an internationally aspired Two-State solution. However, the fragility of the Israeli ruling coalition - which is hanging by a thread- prevents any substantive progress on the Israel-Palestinian file – at a…
    May 17, 2022 7621 views
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    Iran’s nuclear advances & regional implications – Jerusalem Studio 688

    The Vienna talks on reviving the dormant Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions have seemingly been on hold for several weeks now, with the parties closer than ever but unable to close the deal yet. The negotiations are complicated by two of the parties: Russia in the negotiating room and the United…
    May 10, 2022 2961 views
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    Lebanon Pre-Election analysis – Jerusalem Studio 687

    On the 15th of this month Lebanese voters will elect a new parliament. The 128 seats are allocated along “confessional” and geographical lines. As no party can garner a majority, the government is thus always based on complex coalitions. Lebanon is in permanent crisis, economically and socially. Its ruling elite is corrupt. As there is…
    May 10, 2022 3021 views
  • 28min

    US-Iran standoff amid stalled nuclear talks – Jerusalem Studio 686

    Seven years after Iran reached a nuclear deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the European Union, the talks over the revival of the agreement - which was breached by the Trump administration and then by Tehran - are close to the finish line but are apparently stalled there.…
    May 03, 2022 8751 views
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    Jerusalem: Tensions over sovereignty and freedom of worship – Jerusalem Studio 685

    In the ever-explosive Arab-Israeli conflict, which to a great extent though not exclusively is also a Moslem-Jewish one, Jerusalem is the most delicate component, always about to set off a detonation. The holy city was supposed to be governed by the United Nations until the 1948 Israeli War of Independence left it divided between Israel…
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    Israel-Russia relations amid Ukraine war– Jerusalem Studio 684

    The Russia-Israel relationship, which was favorable until the invasion of Ukraine, is now a minor casualty of this war, in which Jerusalem has no direct self-interest. At first Israel tried to avoid taking a position, but American pressure to condemn Russia’s policy proved too much - and Moscow countered in kind. Diplomatically, verbal blows are…
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    Israel’s political stability – Jerusalem Studio 683

    The Israeli government has been in office for ten months and the next election is scheduled three and a half years from now; but the coalition is currently teetering on the brink of political abyss with the defection of its own Majority Whip, a member of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Knesset faction. Because Israel’s legislators…
    April 19, 2022 4446 views
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    For several years now, Israel’s domestic security situation was considered relatively good, with long periods of quiet occasionally punctured by few incidents and frequent reports of air strikes against hostile targets in neighboring countries. Military Intelligence nevertheless continued to issue strategic alerts regarding an outbreak of violence emanating from the West Bank, due either to…
    April 15, 2022 7412 views
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    Yemen's domestic turmoil amid regional rivalries – Jerusalem Studio 681

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has unleashed a humanitarian crisis there, had also brought about an indirect effect far away. The war in Yemen, which is in its eighth year, killed more civilians than the one in Ukraine, almost nine thousand, yet the poor population there is out of sight and out of mind. On…
    April 12, 2022 4633 views
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    Iran: nuclear versus revolutionary aspirations – Jerusalem Studio 680

    In its 43 years in power, the Islamic Revolutionary regime in Tehran had only two Supreme leaders, Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei. They have both faced a similar dilemma, reconciling the top priority of survival for their structures built in order to control the country with their aspirations to export that version of Shi’ite revolution to…
    April 08, 2022 4023 views
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    Efforts to revive a Palestinian-Israel political process – Jerusalem Studio 679

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Israel last week for the second time during his watch as President Joe Biden’s top diplomat, ten months after his first trip to Jerusalem. Last year, his mission was to help reach and preserve a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, with Egyptian mediation. This time he celebrated Israel’s…
    April 05, 2022 4083 views
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    Israel's security in the Cyber sphere – Jerusalem Studio 678

    The use of cyber weapons, both defensive and offensive, is supposed to be a hallmark of modern war, supplementing and even supplanting traditional kinetic operations. Yet in the Russia-Ukraine conflict cyberwarfare seems to have been in use less than expected; and if it accompanied the Russian invasion, had little impact - unless the domestic Russian…
    March 29, 2022 3131 views
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    Russia-Ukraine war: Implications for the Mideast – Jerusalem Studio 677

    As the Russia-Ukraine war marks its second month, there are various implications for countries outside the immediate vicinity of these combatants. In the Middle East, governments and militaries are watching the events, in attempts to elicit early lessons - especially those that can be implemented locally and regionally by gaining professional insight regarding the forces…
    March 25, 2022 4495 views
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    Israel-Turkey relations – Jerusalem Studio 676

    President Isaac Herzog’s visit to Ankara earlier this month was an important milestone in a long road back to a sensible relationship between Israel and Turkey. The ‘strategic love affair’ between the two nations in the 1990s turned into an acrimonious divorce after the rise of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to power. With new…
    March 22, 2022 7262 views
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    Iran's nuclear program: latest developments – Jerusalem Studio 675

    A little over 1,000 kilometers separate Kiev from Vienna, but the two capitals recently seemed to be twin cities. What happened in the Ukraine war apparently loomed over the talks regarding Iran’s nuclear program, with a final draft of abstinence-for-assistance ready to be signed but frozen due to Moscow’s demands to allow trade with Tehran,…
    March 18, 2022 5955 views
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    TV7 Israel Jerusalem Studio Special - Europe at war: Implications for the Middle East & Israel

    One does not have to live in the Middle East in order to view the Ukrainian conflict with concern and compassion, but for those of us in this region there are extra dimensions which bear watching. What does Russia’s decision to invade its neighbor mean regarding the threat and use of force elsewhere? Has the…
    March 12, 2022 19882 views
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    Syrian Civil War hits 11th year - Jerusalem Studio 674

    March 15th is indeed the Ides of March in Syria. Mars, the God of War, descended on Syria on this date eleven years ago and has never left, though he is also busy in Ukraine and other places. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad managed to cling to power for more than a decade, first with help…
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    Regional security cooperation to contend with rising Iranian threats – Jerusalem Studio 673

    Apart from the nuclear file, Iran’s activities in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq - compounded by maritime aggression in the Arabian Gulf and its vicinity - brought home to pro-Western regional governments the need for wider and deeper military and security cooperation. Two of the major lynchpins in this new array of forces are CENTCOM’s…
    March 08, 2022 7278 views
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    Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile advancements – Jerusalem Studio 672

    Tensions between Russia and Western countries, as well as international organizations such as the European Union over the war in Ukraine will certainly affect other issues on which there was up-to-now common ground between the parties. A case in point is the nuclear deal being essentially renegotiated in Vienna between Iran and the parties to…
    March 04, 2022 6396 views
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    Lebanon: state of affairs amid escalating rhetoric – Jerusalem Studio 671

    Less than three months before general elections are to be held in Lebanon, the country is in turmoil though not yet in one of its periodic civil wars. The most severe problem is the collapse of the economy, spreading misery to many walks of the population, though not to a corrupt and incompetent elite. The…
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    Israel’s defensive preparedness amid rise of UAS threats – Jerusalem Studio 670

    The Israel Air Force is widely recognized as one of the world’s best organizations of military aviation. It excels in air-to-air combat, air-to-ground strikes and surface-to-air intercept; the last mission being assigned in the Israel Defense Forces to this branch rather than to the Army. Yet what has been a remarkable record against ‘birds of…
    February 25, 2022 18373 views
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    The Russia-Ukraine crisis: Implications for the Middle East – Jerusalem Studio 668

    However the Russia-Ukraine crisis unfolds with its political and military dimensions, the Middle East is more than a curious bystander watching a tense face-off in the neighborhood. It will have significant implications for the relative power and influence of Russia and the United States. The value of alliances, formal ones such as NATO and less…
    February 15, 2022 12351 views
  • 28min

    The battle against ISIS amid its resurgence – Jerusalem Studio 669

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Special Forces Operation against the leader of Da’esh (or ISIL) Ibrahim Quraishi (also known as Hajj Abdullah) was apparently successful on two levels: it removed from the scene a supreme commander who had a major role in the Islamic State’s efforts to regroup and once again take over parts of…
    February 22, 2022 4501 views
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    Iran’s nuclear program: Final diplomatic stretch in Vienna? Jerusalem Studio 667

    The bargaining between the United States and Iran, whether formally and indirectly in Vienna or elsewhere and through other channels, is evidently approaching its endgame. The indicators include a waiver on sanctions related to nuclear work in Iranian facilities, reversing a Trump-era policy and serving as a good will gesture on the part of the…
    February 11, 2022 6124 views
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    The war-torn country of Yemen is seen by analysts as a territory of limited strategic value with some ability to threaten vital shipping lanes in the adjacent Red Sea. And while local groups are vehemently fighting for control over this impoverished territory, the conflict is not only an internal one but rather is part of…
    February 08, 2022 7213 views
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    When Israel looks at its northern borders, it tends to view the neighboring countries of Syria and Lebanon as ‘one front with two sectors and half-dozen elements.’ There are the military forces under the control of Damascus and Beirut; the Shi’ite political movement and heavily armed militia Hezbollah, Iranian units and proxies, a resurgent Daesh…
    February 04, 2022 8024 views
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    February 01, 2022 9289 views
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    January 28, 2022 4855 views
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