Israel and the Coronavirus, a world pandemic – Jerusalem Studio 498

The commonly-known coronavirus, which was declared by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic, has engulfed Israel – must as it did many other countries, throughout the world. The Israeli interim government has issued strict orders with regard to public and private behavior, with normal life almost grinding to a halt, and the economy suffering a severe blow.
-Jonathan Hessen, host.
-Amir Oren, analyst.
-Dr. Eran Lerman vice president of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a lecturer at Shalem College.
-Prof. Nellie Munin, adv., International Trade Law Expert, Former Minister of Economic Affairs in the Israeli Mission to the EU.

  • Published: March 20, 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.


  • 28min

    Israel’s challenges emanating from Lebanon – Jerusalem Studio 759

    For a decade and half now, the conventional wisdom has been that following the clash with Hezbollah in summer 2006, Israel’s frontier with Lebanon has been kept quiet due to the deterrence gained by the heavy blows inflicted by the IDF. This assessment was brought into question by a sudden terror act - probably conceived…
    March 28, 2023 8528 views
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    Ten years Since Israel’s Campaign Between the Wars – Jerusalem Studio 758

    It was either January or March of 2013 - depending on whose position - when Israel’s Air Force struck a target deep inside Syria, with no response from Damascus. This turned out to be the quiet start of what Israel called “the Campaign Between the Wars” (with the Hebrew acronym MABAM). Hundreds of strikes later…
    March 24, 2023 4627 views
  • 28min

    The Iran-Saudi deal vs Israel’s regional integration – Jerusalem Studio 757

    In the 1970’s, when Iran was openly allied with the United States and less openly with Israel, the Shah was tasked by Washington in helping Saudi Arabia from falling into the Soviet orbit. Decades later, with Iran hostile to Americans and Israelis alike and Saudi Arabia openly allied against it with Washington and less openly…
    March 21, 2023 12666 views
  • 28min

    Israel's external challenges amid internal strife – Jerusalem Studio 756

    While Israel has been undergoing its internal struggle, external challenges have not receded. They may even have risen, as hostile forces were glad to watch the Jewish State and its defense establishment tear themselves apart. This was the backdrop to successive visits by the highest military and civilian officials of the Pentagon, US Chairman of…
    March 14, 2023 5703 views
  • 28min

    Can Israel rely on the West vs Iran? Jerusalem Studio 755

    In 1981 and 2007, Israel acted alone against Arab nuclear efforts. The strikes at the Iraqi and Syrian reactors were undertaken out of the blue and their limited nature helped convince Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad to abstain from retaliation. This is not expected to be the case if Israel decides to send its Air…
    March 10, 2023 20448 views
  • 28min

    Russia’s state of play in the Middle East amid the war in Ukraine– Jerusalem Studio 754

    Up until a year ago, the Middle East seems to be Russia’s most pressing business. Ukraine was always in the background, but between 2014 and 2022 Syria seemed to occupy center stage, with Russian bases, units and operations bolstering the Assad regime while carrying out Moscow’s own missions. Now that Syria and perhaps the entire…
    March 07, 2023 6367 views
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    Military implications of Russia-Ukraine war for the Mideast – Jerusalem Studio 753

    Each major war compels all defense establishments worldwide to reassess their priorities and doctrines. One does not have to be personally involved in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, directly in fighting it or indirectly in the supply of weapons, in order to be concerned with relevant lessons for one’s own challenges. So, what do we know so…
    March 03, 2023 4827 views
  • 28min

    Prospects of escalation amid elevated Israel-Palestinian tensions - Jerusalem Studio 752

    The English American Poet T. S. Eliot famously wrote that “April is the cruelest month.” While the Middle East is the province of T. E. Lawrence rather than of T. S. Eliot, the next several weeks risk proving the poet right this year - even starting a week before April when Ramadan begins. During this…
    February 28, 2023 5836 views
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    Iran’s efforts to restart talks on JCPOA revival – Jerusalem Studio 751

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, was revoked by then-US President Donald Trump almost five years ago. It has not been successfully resuscitated by the administration of President Joe Biden, as there was no meeting of the minds with the Islamic Republic - which responded to Trump’s decision…
    February 24, 2023 3100 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s northern arena amid earthquake devastation – Jerusalem Studio 750

    Forces of nature have taken center stage on Israel’s northern frontier and beyond, where winter is always harsh, and the lack of energy supplies make conditions even more unforgiving. The 6 February earthquakes devastating parts of Turkey and northern Syria showed the generous and skilled face of the Israel Defense Forces, whose search and rescue…
    February 21, 2023 11777 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s path into Africa amid recent developments – Jerusalem Studio 749

    When Africa emerged from its intense period of de-colonization in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, Israel was the most helpful nation assisting the emerging governments and societies to develop their agricultural and industrial resources. In return, Israel was the recipient of goodwill and some diplomatic support, but under Arab pressure these relations proved too fragile.…
    February 14, 2023 2986 views
  • 28min

    How credible is a Military Threat vs Iran’s nuclear program? Jerusalem Studio 748

    In its first two years in office, the administration of US President Joe Biden was reluctant to threaten Iran with military action, should diplomatic moves to stop its progress toward nuclear weapons fail. Lately however, out of obvious frustration at Tehran’s refusal to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was revoked by then-President…
    February 10, 2023 8050 views
  • 28min

    Operation Waves Breaker: status report – Jerusalem Studio 747

    Last spring, Israel came under attack by a series of terror acts in population centers. The perpetrators usually came from Palestinian towns and villages in the northern part of the West Bank, formally under the Palestinian Authority - but in fact only lightly supervised by its security forces. The Israeli response was to launch the…
    February 07, 2023 7026 views
  • 28min

    Iran's race to nuclear weapon capabilities – Jerusalem Studio 746

    When US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Israel, earlier this week, one of his top agenda items was obviously Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli officials have publicly claimed that they were successful in making the case to the administration of US President Joe Biden against re-entering the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, revoked by former…
    February 03, 2023 6662 views
  • 28min

    Making sense of Mideast alliances – Jerusalem Studio 745

    Once upon a time, at the height of the Cold War, regional alliances were easily pictured. On one half of the court stood the United States, with Turkey as a NATO member, Iran as the guardian of the Persian Gulf and Israel as the strongest power in the Eastern Mediterranean. Also on this list -…
    January 31, 2023 3962 views
  • 28min

    The US-Israel alliance amid global developments – Jerusalem Studio 744

    Washington and Jerusalem have long had a two-tiered relationship, with an underlying third one: that of the ties between people based on values, culture and identity. At the top, the political echelons interact, and right now there seems to be a built-in tension between the Biden Administration and the Netanyahu government. Professionally, the channels between…
    January 27, 2023 4278 views
  • 28min

    Israel Defense Forces: Change of Guard – Jerusalem Studio 743

    In a smooth military transition - so unlike the chaotic political scene - Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi took over the IDF Chief of General Staff position from his fellow Paratrooper Aviv Kochavi. All speakers in successive hand-over ceremonies in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv mentioned the Iranian threat as a top priority, but also mentioned what…
    January 24, 2023 4624 views
  • 28min

    Is Israel’s democracy under threat amid looming judicial reform? Jerusalem Studio 742

    After only three weeks in office, the Netanyahu government is involved in a heated debate with its opponents in the Knesset and public. Justice Minister Yariv Levin, with Netanyahu’s backing, has unveiled an ambitious plan to redo the country’s judicial branch, moving its center of gravity from judges and legal advisors towards politicians. Levin argues…
    January 20, 2023 4187 views
  • 28min

    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Vision of a new Mideast – Jerusalem Studio 741

    Saudi Arabia’s Prime Minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, world-renowned with his own acronym MBS, has an ambitious program and only eight years remaining to implement it. MBS calls it “Vision 2030” and is marketing its main features in terms intended to appeal to Western decision-makers and publics. He talks about weaning the Kingdom’s…
    January 17, 2023 6091 views
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    Israel’s Security Assessment amid developing regional threats – Jerusalem Studio 740

    Early next week the Israel Defense Forces will have a significant event, the changing of the guard. Major General Herzi Halevi will be elevated in rank and position to Chief of General Staff, making him the top military commander in the nation, of course subject to civilian political directives. His investiture was planned months in…
    January 13, 2023 6757 views
  • 28min

    The enhanced Russian-Iranian military relationship – Jerusalem Studio 739

    With the war in Ukraine only several weeks away from its first anniversary, it has obviously become the most important issue for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He is going out of his way to salvage some part of his failed gamble on a clear victory. Putin is therefore now courting Iran - despite a lot…
    January 10, 2023 6363 views
  • 28min

    Prospects for 2023 – Jerusalem Studio 738

    There is very little profit for prophets, it they are careless enough to predict the immediate future - tomorrow, next week, next month. With that in mind, we are going to peer into the haze and snow of early 2023, in an effort to see the general outline of the year mostly ahead of us.…
    January 06, 2023 6217 views
  • 28min

    Recap 2022 – Jerusalem Studio 737

    As we send 2022 to its time capsule, for future generations and aliens from outer space to look up, let’s try to recap its most important events, trends and figures. Panel: - Miri Eisin, Host. - Col. (Res.) Reuven Ben-Shalom, TV7 Powers-in-Play Panelist, Cross-Cultural Strategist and Associate at ICT, Reichman University. - Eran Etzion Former…
    December 30, 2022 4075 views
  • 28min

    China’s growing influence over the Mideast – Jerusalem Studio 736

    With the United States openly shifting its focus from the Middle East to the Far East - as a long-term hot spot though right now Russia’s war on Ukraine is uppermost on decision-makers’ minds, China is given an opening to enhance its reach into if not over this region. Beijing is methodically following its multi-decade…
    December 20, 2022 4884 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s Intelligence Assessment for 2023 – Jerusalem Studio 735

    All intelligence assessments must be taken with a spoonful of salt. Who, in either Israel or abroad, could have predicted a year ago that at the end of 2022 a new government would emerge in Jerusalem with an unprecedented make-up, personally and functionally. That said, the Israeli intelligence community has fulfilled its task of giving…
    December 16, 2022 8234 views
  • 28min

    Egypt-Israel relations: a strategic overview– Jerusalem Studio 734

    In one of his last official acts before vacating the office he held since spring 2020, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz went out of his way to praise Egypt as a peaceful neighbor and strategic partner. Gantz reacted furiously to a statement by a junior but crucial member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s emerging coalition, who insisted…
    December 13, 2022 4726 views
  • 28min

    Israel-US relations amid Jerusalem power change– Jerusalem Studio 733

    The Biden administration has put the incoming Netanyahu cabinet on notice - try to make good on the election campaign pledges of right-wing and religious parties and bear the consequences in your relationship with Washington. Settlement activity, annexation, unjustified lethality and various other activities associated with a harder line towards Palestinians will put Netanyahu on…
    December 09, 2022 5028 views
  • 28min

    Israel under threat of terror– Jerusalem Studio 732

    In late November, two explosions rocked the calm morning of Jerusalem. Charges were detonated at bus stops several kilometers apart, killing two Israelis and wounding almost twenty. Had this simultaneous terror attack taken place aboard buses, the result could have been horrific, much like those of thirty and twenty-five years ago, and public pressure on…
    December 06, 2022 10346 views
  • 28min

    Turkey’s looming offensive into Syria – Jerusalem Studio 731

    The lethal terror attack on civilians innocently walking down Istanbul’s Istiklal Street on November 13 was probably perpetrated by a Kurdish underground cell fighting Turkish rule over this ethnic group. President Erdogan responded by air raids into Kurdish concentrations in northern Syria, bordering Turkey, and promising that a ground offensive will follow when conditions are…
    December 02, 2022 3624 views
  • 28min

    Russia in Mideast - Challenges to Moscow-Jerusalem relations – Jerusalem Studio 730

    Until early this year, the most sensitive dimension in the relationship between Russia and Israel was the Syrian one. Moscow was determined to protect its foothold there and therefore prop up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Jerusalem avoided friction with the Russians to keep fighting Iran’s forces and proxies in the Arab…
    November 29, 2022 6015 views
  • 28min

    Israel-Turkey ties ahead of a new government in Jerusalem – Jerusalem Studio 729

    Even before Israeli Designate-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to translate his apparent victory in the Knesset elections into the formation of a government; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated him and expressed his wish to continue the positive trend in relations between Ankara and Jerusalem - which was initiated by the Turkish head of state…
    November 22, 2022 5183 views
  • 28min

    Iran's race to nuclear weapon capabilities – Jerusalem Studio 728

    With the midterm elections in the US essentially over, the Biden administration must reassess its priorities for the remainder of President Joe Biden’s term in the White House and before the next electoral cycle kicks into gear. Foreign policy did not play a prominent part in the contest between Democrats and Republicans. Domestic issues could…
    November 18, 2022 5016 views
  • 28min

    Netanyahu's bid to form a government coalition – Jerusalem Studio 727

    With Israel’s electoral train chugging along its stations, from polling booth to President’s house to parliamentary negotiations, the play is now in Benjamin Netanyahu’s half-court. His ability to traverse the obstacles along the way to forming a new coalition government will determine how soon he will head back to the Prime Minister’s residence he vacated…
    November 15, 2022 3148 views
  • 28min

    US Midterm elections: Implications for the Middle East – Jerusalem Studio 726

    The biannual cycle of American politics has passed its midterm point and is barely posing for the holiday season. The bitterly fought Senate, House of Representatives and State elections did not provide for a clear winner in the contest between Democrats and Republicans. The American government will be divided for the remaining two years of…
    November 11, 2022 3850 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s Polls, Politics and Policy - Jerusalem Studio 725

    When millions of Israelis went to the polls, they hoped to elect a Knesset which will be able to form a stable government and rid the country of the curse hovering over it for more than three years now. This episode analyzes whether Jerusalem is expected to finally attain political stability? Panel: - Jonathan Hessen,…
    November 08, 2022 3446 views
  • 28min

    Syria and Hamas - a renewed alliance? Jerusalem Studio 724

    ‘My enemy’s enemy' - is of course usually - 'my friend’ in the Middle East, but sometimes it is more complicated. Ten years ago, the Gaza-based Islamist Hamas Palestinian terror organization fell out with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the latter’s brutal suppression of revolts against it. Hamas officials also assessed, like…
    November 01, 2022 4822 views
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    Iran’s drones - a real threat to Ukraine or a pretext to gain Israeli support? Jerusalem Studio 723

    Two relatively new weapons systems have captured the public’s imagination since the beginning of this century - armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and the missiles intended to intercept them. Because the drones are playing such a prominent role in the Ukraine war, especially with Russia assisted by Iran in this dimension, Ukraine has asked…
    October 28, 2022 6159 views
  • 28min

    The Unstable Situation in Iran - Jerusalem Studio 722

    It has been almost 44 years since Shah Reza Pahlavi and his regime were toppled in Iran and the Islamic Republic was established - Time enough for two generations of disillusioned youth to grow up and protest against a corrupt, incompetent and cruel dictatorship. Except for those governments supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine, the world…
    October 25, 2022 6803 views
  • 28min

    Tensions escalate: Jerusalem & the West Bank – Jerusalem Studio 721

    For the last several months, terror activity emanating out of the West Bank and leaking into Israel proper generated manhunts and preventive operations by the Israel Defense Forces, leading to clashes with armed individuals and cells, especially in and around the cities of Nablus and Jenin. Further south, East Jerusalem is a hotbed of friction…
    October 21, 2022 14853 views
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    Saudi Arabia's alignment amid shifting sands – Jerusalem Studio 720

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has of late been consolidating his domestic power, in anticipation of succeeding to the throne when his elderly father, King Salman, dies, abdicates or is incapacitated. MBS, as he is universally known, added the position of Prime Minister to his title, and proceeded to deal a blow to US…
    October 18, 2022 7246 views
  • 28min

    Israel-Lebanon: Reaching an Agreement - Jerusalem Studio 719

    The Arab-Israeli conflict has been known for tense negotiations, seemingly about to break down and lead to fighting between the parties, when at the last moment a compromise is suggested and a deal is struck. The bargaining between Lebanon and Israel on the demarcation of their maritime boundary is no exception. It had its ups…
    October 14, 2022 4565 views
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    Israel’s upcoming elections: Jerusalem’s reins of power – Jerusalem Studio 718

    On 1 November, millions of Israelis will go to the polls and elect a new Knesset. The voters could make or break the next Israeli coalition government due to emerge three weeks from now - dependent on turnout from various sectors and population centers, unless there is not an absolute deadlock as has been the…
    October 11, 2022 4603 views
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    IAEA investigations into Iran’s undeclared nuclear activity – Jerusalem Studio 717

    As a member state of the International Atomic Energy Agency, (IAEA) Iran must declare its nuclear facilities and open them to inspection on demand. It has been doing that regarding many installations but tried to hide an additional four, one of which has since been levelled and sanitized. The IAEA insists on inspecting the other…
    October 07, 2022 3316 views
  • 28min

    The Russia-Ukraine war and its effects on the Middle East and Syria – Jerusalem Studio 716

    More than seven months into Russia’s war in Ukraine it is too early to see its end, but enough time has passed in order to learn preliminary strategic and military lessons. For those of us in the Middle East, it is especially important to apply these emerging lessons to our region in general and most…
    October 04, 2022 5368 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s economy amid global instability – Jerusalem Studio 715

    Israel’s economy has surprisingly withstood the blows striking global commerce and finance in recent years, including COVID-19, uncertainty in the oil market and disruptions in supply chains. But can the Israeli economy thrive when the domestic political scene is perennially unstable, and when individual households complain that they do not reap the fruits of macro-economic…
    September 27, 2022 4405 views
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    Hezbollah’s threat of dragging Israel-Lebanon into war – Jerusalem Studio 714

    With Israel and Lebanon apparently close to reaching an agreement on dividing the spoils of the sea in the Eastern Mediterranean across from their respective shores; the most tantalizing question is what Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah has in mind when he keeps hurling threats at Israel. Is he really willing to risk dragging his country…
    September 23, 2022 6469 views
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    IDF rules of engagement in war on terror – Jerusalem Studio 713

    All modern military forces face the dilemma of overkill capabilities. Armies and Air Forces are equipped to clash with their opposite numbers, and in great numbers, under conditions which give rise to indiscriminate targeting. Yet in fighting terrorists sheltered among civilians, hitting innocents is almost unavoidable but still carries a heavy price morally, professionally and…
    September 20, 2022 3479 views
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    Iran’s nuclear program, prospects of JCPOA.2 – Jerusalem Studio 712

    In almost every culture one finds the equivalent of the old Proverb: ‘Hope for the best, Prepare for the worst’ - especially in matters of war and peace. It seems to fit the pendulum called the negotiations over the revival of the lapsed JCPOA. Is it on or is it off? And what does one…
    September 16, 2022 3201 views
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