Israel’s state of security amid regional developments - Jerusalem Studio 621

After some 50 days in power, the Israeli government headed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, must contend with old yet intensifying challenging to the country’s north and east – amid shifting sands throughout the region.
- Jonathan Hessen, Host.
- Amir Oren , TV7 Analysts and Host of Watchmen Talk
- Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University
- Brigadier General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Project Director on Middle East Developments, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
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  • Published: August 06, 2021
  • 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

    NATO & the Mideast amid increased Chinese-Russian influence – Jerusalem Studio 662

    Ever since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded, in 1949, the Mediterranean and the Levant constituted NATO’s Southern Flank, with the U.S. Sixth Fleet the main striking force in the region. With Europe once again a hot spot, especially on the Russia-Ukraine front, NATO could find itself back in its core mission, having all…
    January 25, 2022 5099 views
  • 28min

    Israel-Jordan relations: geo-strategic analysis – Jerusalem Studio 661

    Of the two neighboring Arab countries upholding their peace accords with Israel, Jordan is always of more concern to strategic planners in Tel Aviv and their Cabinet in Jerusalem. Egypt’s mainland is far away across the Sinai Desert, and its regime seems relatively safe. But the Hashemite Kingdom has to contend with a Palestinian majority,…
    January 18, 2022 6328 views
  • 28min

    The Iranian nuclear file amid escalating tensions – Jerusalem Studio 660

    Conflicting signals have been coming out of Vienna over the last couple of weeks, leading to the disappointing conclusion that a year into the administration of US President Joe Biden - who promised to undo Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran - the parties are closer to an agreement on a…
    January 14, 2022 8200 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s challenges vs Iran amid presumed diplomatic concessions – Jerusalem Studio 659

    Over the last few weeks, we have watched Iran practice an offensive military exercise focused against Israel. Iran fired rockets they claim can reach Israel and emphasized that Israel is the target. Yet as we speak, the diplomatic effort to arrive at an agreement with the Islamic regime of Iran about the nuclear issue is…
    January 11, 2022 6902 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s post-conflict preparedness: analysis of lessons learned – Jerusalem Studio 658

    One of the biggest challenges facing any country is to learn the lessons from past conflicts and implement these lessons to better face the next confrontation. In the Israeli reality it seems the next conflict is never too far away. It could be against Hamas terror from the south or Hezbollah terror from the north.…
    January 07, 2022 13511 views
  • 28min

    Strategic Analysis and Projections for 2022 - Jerusalem Studio 657

    The Prophets are long gone from this city, and indeed from the entire ancient Kingdoms of Judea and Israel. We are left with mere mortals, trying to analyze actions and trends in order to predict at least the general outline of what may await us in 2022. We know that these programs are recorded for…
    December 28, 2021 19626 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Annual Review: 2021 Recap - Jerusalem Studio 656

    As the year 2021 draws to its close, we will try to look back it from our regional perspective, in an effort to highlight its more salient and perhaps enduring features. This has of course been the second consecutive year impacted by COVID-19, but the pandemic did not freeze military and political developments in the…
    December 21, 2021 9242 views
  • 28min

    What to be done if Iran nuclear talks fail? Jerusalem Studio 655

    The clichés have been used so many times that they have worn thin: “All options on the table,” “All means at our disposal, “Plan B,” “Other tools in our box.” These are of course intended to signal, indicate and threaten - without being direct about it. This is prose rather than poetry, because once a…
    December 14, 2021 16270 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s nuclear progress amid talks in Vienna – Jerusalem Studio 654

    The 7th round of talks between an outsized Iranian delegation and those of 6 smaller ones representing Europe, China and Russia resumed earlier this week, with the American envoys in touch through the non-Iranian partners to the 2015 nuclear deal. There are at least two levels to this round - the first one held during…
    December 10, 2021 11421 views
  • 28min

    Growing threat of drone warfare in the Middle East – Jerusalem Studio 653

    Iran’s Air Force has not been able to sustain whatever level it had until the late 1970’s, as under the Islamic Republic its planes are poorly-maintained and pilots have not demonstrated any proficiency. The solution is the ubiquitous Unmanned Aerial Systems operated by Iranians and proxies alike - from Iran itself, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon…
    December 07, 2021 16399 views
  • 28min

    P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran; Status Update – Jerusalem Studio 652

    Please join us on Tuesday, 7 December at 9:15 PM for the full episode. You are welcome to join our audience and watch all of our programs - free of charge! TV7 Israel News: Jerusalem Studio: TV7 Israel News Editor’s Note: TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk: Jerusalem Prays: TV7’s Times Observer:…
    December 03, 2021 9105 views
  • 28min

    Israel-Turkey relations amid renewed dialogue – Jerusalem Studio 651

    Soon after the current Israeli government entered office more than five months ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to change course in the relations between Ankara and Jerusalem. He signaled this by calling Israeli President Isaac Herzog, who has no policy-making role, and at the same time cautiously checking whether key decisionmakers would be…
    November 30, 2021 9311 views
  • 28min

    Iran's intentions ahead of revived JCPOA talks in Vienna – Jerusalem Studio 650

    Next week an Iranian delegation will rejoin the indirect talks with its American counterpart in Vienna with the expressed aim of moving from proximity negotiations through European, Russian and Chinese mediators to face-to-face exchanges with the Special State Department Envoy for Iran Robert Malley and his team… where the exact formula regarding the mutual return…
    November 23, 2021 8607 views
  • 28min

    Syria's state of affairs amid foreign intervention – Jerusalem Studio 649

    It was 51 years ago this week when that Hafez Assad seized power in Damascus and launched his family’s rule over Syria. Following his three decades as dictator, his son Bashar has clung to power now for 21 years - half of which involved a bloody civil war mixed with foreign interventions. With Russia, Turkey,…
    November 19, 2021 9354 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s Shadow War with Israel and the West – Jerusalem Studio 648

    When a week ago or so ago Israeli media reported that Mossad foiled Iranian assassination and abduction plots in Africa, it was a reminder of the extent and persistence of the Shadow War waged between the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force and its Israeli and Western adversaries. It is definitely a mutual exchange of blows, played…
    November 16, 2021 10110 views
  • 28min

    Pending resumption of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna – Jerusalem Studio 647

    With the Vienna Talks between Iran and parties to the 2015 nuclear deal speaking on behalf of the United States set to resume later this month, it is time to take stock on two levels. First of all, literally, how much fissile material do the Iranians have on-hand as they shorten at least one path…
    November 12, 2021 7775 views
  • 28min

    Sudan: Post-Coup analysis – Jerusalem Studio 646

    Sudan was once the largest country in Africa –100 times the size if Israel- until a decade ago when South Sudan split from it, but it still has an enormous territory and occupies a strategic location next to Egypt, the Nile River and the maritime route from the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea. Reason…
    November 09, 2021 2805 views
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    Turkey’s regional and geo-political standing – Jerusalem Studio 645

    The jury is still out on the relative success of President Recep Tayep Erdogan in his efforts to improve or at least maintain Turkey’s position in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant, going into the G-20 conference and its side talks in Rome last weekend. Apparently, Erdogan managed to avoid further friction and emerged from…
    November 05, 2021 8236 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s nuclear program: regional implications – Jerusalem Studio 644

    When the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi visited Washington for talks at the State Department and on Capitol Hill last month, he devoted only part of his presentation to the questionable future of the Iran nuclear deal; while North Korea and the global climate crisis loomed equally large on his horizon.…
    November 02, 2021 6302 views
  • 28min

    Eastern Mediterranean: tensions on the rise – Jerusalem Studio 643

    Two less than friendly neighbors, Turkey and Greece, are at the core of stormy weather in the Eastern Mediterranean. Their disputes stem from geography, history and politics. The United States used to be their mutual benefactor and protector when several European countries faced a common Soviet threat, but 30 years after the end of the…
    October 26, 2021 12934 views
  • 28min

    Iran's strategic overview amid rising tensions – Jerusalem Studio 642

    If one was tasked with coining a catchphrase to sum up Iran’s current nuclear policy, it may well be “stall and install.” The new government in Tehran under President Ibrahim Raisi is taking its sweet time in negotiating over prospects of negotiations - trying to squeeze American concessions as the price for drafting a renewed…
    October 22, 2021 14620 views
  • 28min

    Iraq's post-election analysis – Jerusalem Studio 641

    Iraqi voters went to the polls last week with no illusions regarding the impact results will bring to their life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, all of which are in short supply in the country formerly known as Mesopotamia. The low turnout was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Not much will change in the new parliament,…
    October 19, 2021 3067 views
  • 28min

    The United States: Middle East interests & challenges – Jerusalem Studio 640

    We here in the Middle East believe - indeed we know - that our region is the center of the Universe. But for the world’s leading power, it is an important theater, yet not its top priority. The policy of United States is based on the idea that the overriding factor in global relations for…
    October 15, 2021 5974 views
  • 28min

    Lebanon’s domestic woes & implications for Israel – Jerusalem Studio 639

    Israel’s northern neighbor Lebanon is powerless in more than one sense. While foreign Iranian influence and deep economic distress rooted in political corruption threatens the once termed ‘Switzerland of the Middle East’ with plausible disintegration – such a reality would inevitably pose a grave security risk for Israel. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host. - Amir…
    October 12, 2021 8551 views
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    Iran’s nuclear program: prospects of JCPOA – Jerusalem Studio 638

    The outgoing Director of Military Intelligence for the Israel Defense Forces, Major General Tamir Hayman, reiterated last week an assessment he made public at the turn of the year. Gen. Hayman, who under the Israeli system is charged with over-all national assessment and not only the military one, insisted that Iran remains at least two…
    October 08, 2021 5581 views
  • 28min

    Israel and the Arab world: Challenges & Opportunities – Jerusalem Studio 637

    Strategic interests and personal relationships are mixed in international strategy and diplomacy. After almost four months in power, the Israeli government seems to enjoy from both in its dealings with the major Arab countries bordering it. Egypt and Jordan warmed up to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid,…
    October 05, 2021 4541 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s nuclear aspirations –Jerusalem Studio 636

    With speeches by the Presidents of both the U.S. and Iran at the UN General Assembly behind them, Washington and Tehran are deploying their diplomats to prepare for the next and perhaps most fruitful round of their indirect talks in Vienna. Rousing rhetoric aside, Ebrahim Raisi and his Foreign Minister sounded as if their Supreme…
    October 01, 2021 7109 views
  • 28min

    Turkey's regional opportunities and challenges – Jerusalem Studio 635

    In almost 19 years in power, top of the political longevity table with Vladimir Putin, Bashar Al Assad and King Abdullah of Jordan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made himself an important player on the regional and even global political scenes. Erdogan’s Turkey is certainly not taken for granted. In the Mediterranean, in Syria, in Central…
    September 28, 2021 10308 views
  • 28min

    Israel's southern security challenges – Jerusalem Studio 634

    Israel’s southern half - the Negev - is a triangle bordering Egypt and Jordan and reaching down to the Red Sea. The 1948 War actually ended only the next year, when Israeli forces reached what is now the port city of Eilat. Four additional wars were fought at least partly over Sinai and the Straits…
    September 21, 2021 7648 views
  • 42min

    TV7 Israel: Jerusalem Studio Special - Great Power Competition

    Officially, there are only five great powers in the post-World War Two world - the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, who are also declared nuclear weapon states. But in reality, there are other powers with a legitimate claim or aspirations to greatness, at least by some measures, such as Germany, Japan…
    September 24, 2021 16806 views
  • 28min

    Iran's nuclear program, prospects of Israeli action – Jerusalem Studio 633

    When a nation fears that its enemy is developing the ultimate weapon and may threaten to use it, a military strike intended to destroy this project is not unthinkable. Indeed, Iran set this precedent roughly 41 years ago, when it unsuccessfully sent its Air Force to bomb the Iraqi nuclear reactor. A few months later,…
    September 17, 2021 20781 views
  • 28min

    Russia’s Mideast interests & challenges – Jerusalem Studio 632

    In twenty years as Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin established his reputation as a major figure on the global scene and brought his country back from its dismal appearance during Boris Yeltsin’s reign. An important part of his agenda had to do with a pro-active foreign policy backed by military force, from Georgia to the Ukraine…
    September 14, 2021 9819 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s northern front amid Iranian entrenchment – Jerusalem Studio 631

    Every so often there are reports of aerial strikes in Syria, for which the Damascus regime attributes responsibility to Jerusalem. Less frequently, purported Israeli action involves surface-to-surface missiles rather than aircraft, because the targets are presumably closer to the Golan Heights’ armistice line. Whichever tool is utilized; the reality is clear. Iran, without whose help…
    September 10, 2021 13628 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s global efforts to confront Iran – Jerusalem Studio 629

    While most eyes have been on Afghanistan lately, it is her neighbor to the west which concerns Israel on several fronts. Iran’s nuclear project, the military presence in Syria by its own Quds Force as well as proxies and militias, its precision munitions supply to Hezbollah and the maritime blows it absorbs and tries to…
    September 03, 2021 13273 views
  • 28min

    China’s pivot Westward amid Great-Power competition - Jerusalem Studio 630

    Admiral Charles Richard, who heads the United States Strategic Command, sounded a relatively new alarm the other week. He warned that the entire structure of global stability, which rests on nuclear deterrence between the U.S. and Russia, could be undermined by the emergence of China as America’s peer. Of course, the view from Beijing is…
    September 07, 2021 10223 views
  • 28min

    Afghanistan: Regional & Global Implications - Jerusalem Studio 628

    Twenty years after it first set foot in Afghanistan, by its Special Forces linking up with the local Northern Alliance, the United States is withdrawing from this war-torn, land-locked Asian nation, leaving it at the mercy of the Mujahedeen, or Islamist Taliban, which swept its way back into power. Regardless of the wisdom or even…
    August 31, 2021 7616 views
  • 28min

    Iran's nuclear program amid IAEA warnings - Jerusalem Studio 627

    The International Atomic Energy Agency is not a party to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and deven world powers, but it has a significant role in monitoring compliance and reporting its findings. Over the last two years, ever since the Trump Administration withdrew from the deal and Iran reciprocated by violating several of its…
    August 27, 2021 9165 views
  • 28min

    US-Israel relations amid pivot - Jerusalem Studio 626

    The over-all strategic decision in Washington, at least from former President Barack Obama through his successor Donald Trump and now back to the Democrats with Joe Biden, has been to consider China its Number One threat and primarily invest in preparing to meet this challenge. This decision has military, diplomatic and budgetary implications, including both…
    August 24, 2021 11827 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s maritime domain amid security challenges - Jerusalem Studio 625

    Israel has two major maritime fronts, as well as secondary-ones (such as) the Sea of Galilee - which used to border Syria- and the Dead Sea, which Israel shares with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. However, the two main bodies of water of concern to Israel are of course the Mediterranean and the Red Sea…
    August 20, 2021 12454 views
  • 28min

    The battle against Islamic terror - Jerusalem Studio 624

    Next month the world will mark the twentieth anniversary of nine-eleven, the most momentous event of this century, so far. This simultaneous attack on American targets massacred almost three thousand innocent victims and caused two military conflicts, in Afghanistan and Iraq, which in one way or another still persist. This was the most blatant example…
    August 17, 2021 9486 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s new appointed regime’s policies - Jerusalem Studio 623

    With new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi as head of the government, though not of the Islamic Revolutionary regime headed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iran no longer has an excuse to delay crucial decisions. It has to take care of severe economic and social problems, to choose between further maritime attacks sure to bring about…
    August 13, 2021 8658 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s nuclear aspirations and activities - Jerusalem Studio 622

    Iran’s quest for the power that comes with the possession of a nuclear arsenal takes place inside a paradox. The Islamic Republic knows full well that it is suspected of edging towards military nuclear potential, and once it is implicated or even suspected of reaching its goal, those nations feeling threatened will strike in order…
    August 10, 2021 8604 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s state of security amid regional developments - Jerusalem Studio 621

    After some 50 days in power, the Israeli government headed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, must contend with old yet intensifying challenging to the country’s north and east – amid shifting sands throughout the region. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host. - Amir Oren , TV7 Analysts…
    August 06, 2021 16164 views
  • 58min

    TV7 Israel: Jerusalem Studio Special - Regional Status Report

    As we are about to embark on a short summer broadcast-break, it seems like a good time to look around - obviously with Jerusalem as the center of our universe - for some regional stock-taking. Midway through 2021, with new leaders elected in relevant capitals such as Washington, Tehran and Jerusalem – amid looming prospects…
    July 02, 2021 25752 views
  • 28min

    The Eastern Mediterranean - Israel’s challenges & opportunities - Jerusalem Studio 619

    One of several constants in Israel’s foreign, economic, and defense interests and policies has to do with its immediate maritime neighborhood; the Eastern Mediterranean. All of its Arab neighbors, save Jordan, are coastal countries and thus have Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zones from which to extract energy resources. Israel’s one gaz derricks are vulnerable…
    June 29, 2021 10594 views
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    Gaza: State of Affairs, interests and challenges – Jerusalem Studio 618

    More than a month after Operation Guardian of the Walls ended, the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has not been stabilized. No mechanism has been established for rebuilding the structures and streets destroyed in Gaza during the recent fighting. The monthly infusion of cash from Qatar was frozen, pending the verification that it only be…
    June 25, 2021 8258 views
  • 28min

    Israel-Europe relations: overview amid latest developments – Jerusalem Studio 617

    Israel has a new Prime Minister, a new Foreign Minister - who is the Prime Minister’s political co-equal, and a hold-over Defense Minister. This is the core group within the decision-making cabinet, out of which strategic directives are to be expected. As always, Israeli defense and foreign policy is U.S.-centric, but special attention is given…
    June 22, 2021 10169 views
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