Iran aspirations and challenges amid COVID19 - Jerusalem Studio 505

The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the countries hardest-hit by the corona contagion, on top of the fact that its global standing and domestic difficulties have challenged the Ayatollah regime well-before the current crisis emerged.
Will this pandemic also prove lethal to the regime?
-Jonathan Hessen, host.
-Amir Oren, analyst.
-Mr. Meir Javedanfar, Iran lecturer at IDC in Herzliya.
-Dr. Menahem Merhavy, a research fellow at the Truman Institute, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

  • Published: April 14, 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 term “the day after”, so widely used regarding the elusive political aftermath of the Gaza War, also actually applies to Israel’s campaign against Hezbollah. This started with the Shiite militia’s attack the day after Hamas launched its offensive in October, and may or may not end the day after a ceasefire is reached on…
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    Hezbollah’s Low-Intensity War versus Israel : Israel at War – Jerusalem Studio 837

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