Israel’s security challenges amid escalating tensions - Jerusalem Studio 488

Two weeks ahead of Israel’s unprecedented third round of elections, tensions along its borders are steadily rising. The political deadlock in Jerusalem could either serve as a cover for a sudden round of hostilities, or, convince the adversaries of the Jewish State to wait until after a new Israeli government is finally formed.
- Jonathan Hessen, host.
- Amir Oren, analyst.
- Mr. Elhanan Miller Researcher, The Forum for Regional Thinking.
- Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.

  • Published: February 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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