“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?
- Jonathan Hessen, host.
- Amir Oren, analyst.
-Eran Tzidkiyahu, researcher The Forum for Regional Thinking
-Ambassador Danny Ayalon, Israel's Former Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States.

  • Published: May 07, 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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    Israeli politicians and observers have been taught by experience - both historically and over the last two deadlocked years - to reserve judgment on efforts to form governments until they are finally and officially over, with the newly-minted cabinet gaining a Knesset vote of confidence and summoned to the ceremonial group picture with the President…
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    Iran's regional aspirations and activities – Jerusalem Studio 611

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    Israel’s campaign between the wars – Jerusalem Studio 608

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    Despite his signature militant rhetoric, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently signaled a more pragmatic approach to several regional issues. He has seemingly moderated his stand towards Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and even Turkey’s arch-rival, Greece. When U.S. President Joe Biden broke with his predecessors’ reluctance to recognize the Ottoman massacres…
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    Tensions over Jerusalem - Regional Implications – Jerusalem Studio 604

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    Jordan’s stability: strategic overview – Jerusalem Studio 599

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    US-Iran renegotiating JCPOA: Overview – Jerusalem Studio 584

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    Yemen: Conflict, terror & humanitarian concerns – Jerusalem Studio 583

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