Iran’s unyielding pursuit of nuclear weapon capabilities Jerusalem Studio 524

With less than five months before the American Presidential elections, U.S. relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran seem to be moving on two parallel routes leading to heating up and cooling down. There has been a prisoner swap, with express calls on the American side to enlarge this opening for a comprehensive deal focusing on the nuclear dimension but not limited to it; but at the same time there are credible reports that the Iranian regime is moving its uranium stockpile dangerously close to a weapons-grade quantity.
Do these currents contradict or complement one another?
Panel:
- Jonathan Hessen, Host.
- Amir Oren, Analyst.
- Olli Heinonen Former Deputy General IAEA and a Distinguished fellow, Stimson center, Washington DC (New York, USA).
- Mr. Meir Javedanfar, Iran lecturer, IDC Herzliya (Central Israel).

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  • Published: June 19, 2020
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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.

Episodes

  • 28min

    U.S. Elections Special; implications for the Mideast – Jerusalem Studio 559

    With two months to go before the inauguration of presumed President-Elect Joe Biden, the transition process is slowly taxing on the runway in order to take off. Biden is considering his top cabinet, White House and agency appointments, while the Trump administration is less than helpful in sharing essential information, facilities and services, in light…
    November 20, 2020 7619 views
  • 28min

    Turkey-Israel: From strategic partners to regional rivals – Jerusalem Studio 558

    In the 1950s and again in the 1990s, Israel and Turkey have been regional partners, almost best friends. They both faced the hostility from the common neighbor that separated them - Syria. They were officially or practically in the Western orbit. And they had no conflict over the body of water they share, the Mediterranean…
    November 17, 2020 21648 views
  • 28min

    Europe's battle against Islamist terror – Jerusalem Studio 557

    France has become a major battleground in the fight between governments of Europe -whose populations are mostly Christian, and Islamist terrorists - who are out to impose their ideology by all means possible. The recent brutal attacks in France and Austria have reignited dialogue among European leaders to combat (what they term) political Islam. Is…
    November 13, 2020 10173 views
  • 28min

    Israel-Armenia relations amid challenges and interests - Jerusalem Studio 556

    The renewed fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed district of Nagorno-Karabakh put Israel in an uneasy position between the two. Israel has long had an emotional attachment to the Armenian people, whose plight under Ottoman rule during the First World War preceded the Jewish people’s Holocaust in Europe during the Second World War.…
    November 10, 2020 29427 views
  • 28min

    Turkey’s global standing, interests and challenges - Jerusalem Studio 555

    Under President Recep Tayep Erdogan, Turkey has changed its global positioning system in two important and to some extent overlapping ways. A long-time member of NATO, an alliance created to contain Soviet ambitions, Ankara has recently moved away from Washington and Brussels and towards Moscow; and as a regional power, Turkey has assumed a pro-active…
    November 06, 2020 10978 views
  • 28min

    Jerusalem Studio Special - U.S. Elections

    The results of the US elections are still contested, as we speak, and may well be for the next several days or even weeks. So what we aim to do now is similar to the vote count, a temporary accounting, a freeze-frame if you will; with an effort to probe the possible meaning of what…
    November 05, 2020 15400 views
  • 28min

    Iran's regional policies & global standing - Jerusalem Studio 554

    The Khamenei regime in Tehran is surely taking stock these days, as much like everyone else around the globe it anxiously awaits the outcome of the Presidential and Congressional elections in the United States. On the positive side of the ledger, from its point of view, it did not concede defeat even under the most…
    November 03, 2020 5346 views
  • 28min

    East-Mediterranean tensions; geopolitical overview - Jerusalem Studio 553

    The ancient Romans called it Mare Nostrum, “our sea,” but since their empire fell the Mediterranean has been either in contention between maritime powers or peaceful. As of late, its waters are not still. A storm is brewing out of its northeastern corner, threatening to escalate from crisis to hostilities. Turkey, which under Recep Tayep…
    October 30, 2020 14671 views
  • 28min

    Israel's diplomatic standing and challenges – Jerusalem Studio 552

    Because it was born in battle and has always feared for its survival, Israel in its 73rd year is still putting defense over diplomacy. A foreign policy conducted by professionals is nice to have, but protecting the homeland from invasion and devastation is a must. Generals are therefore more important than ambassadors. And in an…
    October 27, 2020 8555 views
  • 28min

    East Mediterranean tensions, prospects of de-escalation – Jerusalem Studio 551

    The Eastern half of the Mediterranean has of course been known as one of the cradles of civilization, endowing mankind with Hellenic, Roman, Egyptian and Judeo-Christian legacies, among others. Yet with culture there also comes conflict, with ancient hostilities dormant only until they rise again, due to competition or ideology. This seems to be the…
    October 23, 2020 14059 views
  • 28min

    Lebanon-Israel negotiations - Jerusalem Studio 550

    After years of intensive and mostly futile efforts, Lebanon and Israel have launched overt negotiations in order to demarcate their maritime border, between the port cities of Beirut and Haifa; and west towards the presumably offshore energy treasure that lays beneath the Mediterranean, in the direction of Cyprus. Delegations will be meeting under United Nations…
    October 20, 2020 24660 views
  • 28min

    The Nagorno-Karabach conflict; Israeli perspectives - Jerusalem Studio 549

    It is a story common to many regions of the world. Two neighbors and an enclave between them, with one country holding the edge in geography and the other in demography, leading to persistent conflict. This is the case in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognized…
    October 16, 2020 28689 views
  • 28min

    Iraq: a strategic overview between East and West – Jerusalem Studio 548

    The death of Kuwait’s 91-year-old Emir Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah in late September served as a reminder to the origins of the United States’ enhanced military involvement in the Arabian Gulf region, which go back to the Iran-Iraq war, including the “tanker war” and the reflagging of local vessels, and then to…
    October 13, 2020 8738 views
  • 28min

    Turkey-EU relations amid EastMed dispute – Jerusalem Studio 547

    Long before Turkish President Recep Tayep Erdogan came to power, Ankara tried to join the European Union in its various iterations, but was blocked by the Christian nations of Europe concerned by the political power to be given to a Moslem country according to its population - which is the rough equal of EU leaders…
    October 09, 2020 18444 views
  • 27min

    Iran’s aspirations amid global quarrels – Jerusalem Studio 546

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is in an extremely bad shape with setbacks in almost every issue set - health, economy, military ambitions and foreign policy. Yet for Tehran all is not lost, as it awaits the turn of events in the American political season. Iran has yet to fulfil its threat to avenge the…
    October 06, 2020 23493 views
  • 28min

    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,…
    October 02, 2020 13778 views
  • 28min

    Israel's vision for regional peace, security and prosperity - Jerusalem Studio 544

    When U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the representatives of Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House for a ceremony hailing the normalization of relations between the two Gulf countries and the Jewish State, American as well as Israeli officials saw it as a new paradigm in the Middle East. No longer,…
    September 29, 2020 8562 views
  • 28min

    Israel's battle against the Coronavirus – Jerusalem Studio 543

    This is the annual time of Jewish High Holy Days when many Israelis are taking time off from work to celebrate with their families. But this year the situation is far from normal. The second wave of the COVID-19 crisis has hit Israel quite hard, with numbers of patients in need of hospital care steadily…
    September 25, 2020 4064 views
  • 28min

    France’s growing Mideast presence - Jerusalem Studio 542

    When European powers ruled the post-Ottoman Middle East, France was Britain’s junior partner and rival, concentrating on the northern part of the Levant - Syria and Lebanon. Following Lebanon’s independence in the 1940’s, France became more of a cultural than a political force – labeling the city of Beirut – Paris of the Mediterranean. While…
    September 22, 2020 41602 views
  • 28min

    The Palestinian "cause" between diplomacy and conflict - Jerusalem Studio 541

    The relationship between the two separate Palestinian entities, which border Israel but not each other, has made no real progress over the last 13 years since the Islamist Hamas organization seized Gaza by force and was in return was left out of power in the Palestinian Authority rule of the West Bank. Palestinian Authority President…
    September 18, 2020 13283 views
  • 28min

    The Syria conflict: Latest developments - Jerusalem Studio 540

    Before it began, 2020 was assessed to be the last year of the Syrian civil war, which erupted in 2011. This turned out to be either wishful thinking or an overly optimistic assumption which fell victim to the Coronavirus. As the year approaches its end, the conflict is still there, with most of the same…
    September 15, 2020 35101 views
  • 28min

    East Mediterranean disputes; Israeli concerns and interests - JS 539

    The eastern Mediterranean Sea is located between Italy in Europe, Libya in Africa and the shores of Asia. While considered as the ‘cradle of human civilization,’ these areas have often served as a fighting arena from time immemorial. Conflict and cooperation in the modern era of nation states following the decline of ancient empires has…
    September 11, 2020 30671 views
  • 28min

    Intra-Arab alliances, challenges and interests - Jerusalem Studio 538

    In the 75 years since the creation of the Arab League, which grew from 6 to 22 members, countries of North Africa, the Levant and the Persian Gulf areas have never acted as a unified block - except at times against Israel. Now, with Iran and Jihadist groups as their mortal enemies, Israel at peace…
    September 08, 2020 10589 views
  • 28min

    US maximum pressure campaign vs. Iran - Jerusalem Studio 537

    In about two weeks’ time on September 20th, the global sanctions on Iran – which was lifted five years ago and included an embargo on conventional arms - will snap back into force due to an American decision to veto any United Nations Security Council action to avoid it. This is the latest move in…
    September 04, 2020 20693 views
  • 28min

    Lebanon battles for survival amid deep-rooted distress - JS 536

    Four weeks after the horrific blast on the port of Beirut, which killed close to 200 people, wounded thousands more and brought about the resignation of the cabinet - Lebanon is still beset by a series of crises - health, corruption and long-lasting political deadlock due to foreign influences. Is there a cure for the…
    September 01, 2020 4948 views
  • 28min

    Challenges on Israel's southern front with Gaza - Jerusalem Studio 535

    For several weeks now, the Gaza-Israel front has been simmering. Balloons strapped with incendiary and explosive devices are set-sailing by Hamas towards Israeli villages, towns and farmlands, sparking numerous daily fires under the scorching-sun and risking lives. In response, Israeli fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles and tanks hit Hamas positions near-daily, all-the-while refraining from targeting…
    August 28, 2020 12512 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s rapprochement with the Arab world – Jerusalem Studio 534

    A week after the United Arab Emirates and Israel announced their intention to normalize their relations and bring them from the practical level to an official one, there are mixed ramifications. More and more Arabian Gulf regimes react favorably and may soon follow suit, yet in Israel’s immediate vicinity, in Gaza, it is far from…
    August 25, 2020 16514 views
  • 28min

    East Mediterranean - Turkey Greece tensions – Jerusalem Studio 533

    When Homer wrote about “the wine-dark sea”, thousands of years ago, he referred to the same part of the Eastern Mediterranean which throughout history has been a naval battleground. Yet today history and geography converge once again with Turkey and its arch-rival Greece clash over gas reserves hidden underneath, and with regional powers such as…
    August 21, 2020 99532 views
  • 27min

    Russia-Iran relations and interests – Jerusalem Studio 532

    Several weeks ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif travelled once again to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. As usual, they issued a most positive communique, but behind the nice words there lies friction between these two actors in the Syrian conflict, among other regional sectors of operation. Panel: - Jonathan…
    August 18, 2020 32340 views
  • 28min

    Lebanon’s domestic and regional woes – Jerusalem Studio 531

    The terrible explosion which brought death and destruction to Beirut on 4 August is still felt around Lebanon and may turn out to be a turning point in the country’s political history. Coming on top of social, economic and medical crisis, the horrendous harbor incident ripped apart not only hundreds and thousands of lives and…
    August 14, 2020 14736 views
  • 28min

    China's growing influence over Iran – Jerusalem Studio 530

    The old lesson about ‘politics abhorring a vacuum’ (including on a global scale) is apparently being learned once again in the Middle East. The United States is in the process of leaving Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This policy could be reversed by a future administration, but for the time being, an assertive Russia stepped in…
    August 11, 2020 18132 views
  • 27min

    Israel's Imminent Security Challenges – Jerusalem Studio 529

    In recent weeks tensions along Israel’s northern front have erupted on several locations – steeply exacerbating the prospects for wider escalation. Are we on the brink of war despite widespread domestic unrest in all the member-states involved? Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host. - Amir Oren, Analyst. - Brigadier General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Project Director…
    August 07, 2020 39732 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s persistent efforts to preserve its regional agenda - Jerusalem Studio 528

    Despite repeated efforts to portray itself as resilient, the Islamic Republic of Iran is in one of its worst situations ever. The Corona virus crisis has it Iran especially hard. Its economy is crumbling. Mysterious attacks on its nuclear infrastructure seem to have set it back even as the regime threatened to ignore its international…
    August 04, 2020 9426 views
  • 28min

    Israel and the Mideast: a situation overview - Jerusalem Studio 527

    The border between Israel and Lebanon flared up this week, as the leader of the Iranian-proxy Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, made good on his promise to retaliate for each time one of his operatives is killed in alleged Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Syria. Israel, which counter-claimed that the Lebanese national killed in an…
    July 31, 2020 67659 views
  • 28min

    China's Mideast interests and challenges - Jerusalem Studio 517

    China’s Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead at his residence, and while there was seemingly no foul play involved - the timing was curious. Ambassador Du only arrived in Israel three months ago at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in his country, and his death came just days after a visit to…
    July 24, 2020 10312 views
  • 28min

    U.S.-Israel bilateral relations 2020 – Jerusalem Studio 495

    There was a span of eight months between the last elections in Israel and the anticipated U.S. elections scheduled for 3 November. During this time, Jerusalem’s next government and the Trump Administration will have to manage the political, diplomatic and security aspects of their relationship, as they lay the ground for a more thorough review…
    July 17, 2020 13666 views
  • 28min

    U.S. ‘Deal of the Century,’ projections and implications – Jerusalem Studio 486

    When U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited vision for peace between Israelis and Palestinians- as expected it drew both praise and criticism. While Trump was given credit for trying to succeed where his predecessors failed, he was also faulted for various details of his so-called “Deal of the Century." Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host.…
    July 10, 2020 22358 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s ideological aspirations and hurdles – Jerusalem Studio 484

    Forty years on, the Islamic Republic of Iran is both an ideological power wishing to export its fundamental theology and a realistic nation-state aware of power politics. The two streams are reflected in the struggle apparently involving major figures in the regime – following the latest flareups with the United States. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen,…
    July 07, 2020 13779 views
  • 28min

    Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, prospects and challenges - Jerusalem Studio 526

    Is Israel’s aspiration to assert sovereignty over internationally-disputed territories on the West Bank of the Jordan River moving from a rhetorical standpoint to a proactive stage? Can we to expect an imminent historic declaration on 1 July? Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host. - Amir Oren, Analyst. - Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem…
    June 25, 2020 2774 views
  • 28min

    Europe-Israel relations amid talks of West Bank annexation - Jerusalem Studio 525

    When Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz formed their co-equal cabinet several weeks ago, both Israeli leaders agreed that Jerusalem would start a move to extend its sovereignty over parts of the disputed territories on the West Bank of the Jordan River; provided the granting of Washington’s blessing over the designated territories and consequential measures involved.…
    June 23, 2020 11270 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s unyielding pursuit of nuclear weapon capabilities Jerusalem Studio 524

    With less than five months before the American Presidential elections, U.S. relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran seem to be moving on two parallel routes leading to heating up and cooling down. There has been a prisoner swap, with express calls on the American side to enlarge this opening for a comprehensive deal focusing…
    June 19, 2020 25404 views
  • 28min

    Saudi-Israel relations and prospects of peace – Jerusalem Studio 523

    Saudi Arabia is obviously the largest, wealthiest and most important country in the Arabian Peninsula. The Sunni House of Saud considers the militant Shiite regime in Tehran as its sworn enemy. There is thus common cause between the Saudis and the Israelis, as well as with the Trump administration in Washington. What is the current…
    June 16, 2020 23895 views
  • 28min

    Libya’s conflict and strategic significance – Jerusalem Studio 522

    The state of Libya, which is a country of significant strategic value in the south-central Mediterranean, continues to be torn between domestic forces supported by regional and global powers. The winning side of the ongoing conflict between the Western-based Government of National Accord and the Eastern-based Libyan National Army, will grant their respective allies control…
    June 12, 2020 16833 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s growing security challenges, Part 2 – Jerusalem Studio 521

    The first of this two-part series examined how Israel is preparing for a potential escalation on its Palestinian front if the planned annexation of parts of the West Bank comes to pass. Part 2 takes a look at other enemies and problems facing the Israeli military. Panel: - Jonathan Hessen, Host. - Amir Oren, Analyst.…
    June 09, 2020 10389 views
  • 27min

    Israel’s growing security challenges, Part 1 – Jerusalem Studio 520

    In recent days Israel has stepped up preparations for various contingencies which may arise ahead of or following a formal announcement of asserted sovereignty over parts of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and Biblical districts of Judea and Samaria as early as the beginning of July. Threats of massive conflict and other retaliatory…
    June 05, 2020 23949 views
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    Iran's regional activities in the face of Israeli active resistance – Jerusalem Studio 519

    In recent weeks, Israel marked the 20th anniversary of its final withdrawal from Lebanon, thereby depriving the Lebanese Iranian-proxy Hezbollah of its main declared cause for battling Israel. Yet, the Islamic Republic of Iran has persisted in its anti-Israel campaign and is actively using Syria as one of several launching pads. As of late, Israel…
    June 02, 2020 24358 views
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    Israel's interests and challenges vis-a-vis West Bank annexation – Jerusalem Studio 518

    In about one month’s time, the Israeli government would be able to start the process of extending its sovereignty over parts of the territories east of its border and west of the Jordan River. This move should be coordinated with the U.S. administration and has already raised strong objections by the Jordanian and Palestinian leaderships,…
    May 29, 2020 17572 views
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