The Eastern Mediterranean dispute: a strategic overview – Jerusalem Studio 545

During the Cold War, the Eastern Mediterranean Sea was considered a potential front involving American and Soviet Naval task forces. The Israeli Navy also clashed with those of Egypt and Syria.
But now the picture is much more complicated: the main problem being Turkish policy under President Recep Tayip Erdogan, who has alienated Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Egypt in a dispute over sovereignty and energy.
As an aside, there are also Israeli and Lebanese claims and counter claims regarding a gas-rich corner of their common maritime boundary.
- Jonathan Hessen, Host.
- Amir Oren, Analyst.
- Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and Lecturer at Shalem College, Jerusalem.
- Mr. Polykarpos Gavrielides, Scholar in International Relations. (former INSS).

  • Published: October 02, 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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