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 why the recent targeted killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman a-Zawahiri at his Kabul apartment seemed like a relic from a bygone area.
But is that really so, has the campaign against Islamic terror in its various manifestations become a footnote to major headlines, or is it just that public attention has shifted elsewhere, and the real war conducted by intelligence agencies and special forces goes on unrelentingly?
Panel:
- Jonathan Hessen, Host.
- Amir Oren, Editor at Large, Host of Watchmen Talk and Powers in Play.
- Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin, Co-Panelist of TV7 Powers in Play, Israeli Public Diplomacy, Security, Intelligence Expert at the ICT, the Reichman University.
- Brig. Gen. (Res.) Doron Gavish, former Air Defense Chief, Israel Air Force.

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  • Published: August 16, 2022
  • 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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    September 23, 2022 6433 views
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  • 28min

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    August 19, 2022 4383 views
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    August 16, 2022 6572 views
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