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 a collision course with President Biden and his Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is emphasizing its ties with the Israel Defense Forces. So,can the relations between Americans and Israelis be professionally warm while politically cold?
Panel:
- Jonathan Hessen, Host.
- Amir Oren, Editor at Large, Host of Watchmen Talk and Powers in Play.
- Mr. Robert Silverman, Lecturer at Shalem College and Former President of the American Foreign Service Association.
- Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin, TV7 Powers-in-Play Panelist, Israeli Public Diplomacy, Security, Intelligence Expert at ICT, the Reichman University.

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  • Published: December 09, 2022
  • 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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    Israel-European relations amid global shifts - Jerusalem Studio 798

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    Iran’s ballistic missile proliferation amid expiring UN restrictions - Jerusalem Studio 797

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    Prospects of Israel-Saudi normalization - Jerusalem Studio 796

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    The Abraham Accords: Three Years Anniversary - Jerusalem Studio 795

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    Iran’s nuclear progress; Saudi Aspirations for a Nuclear Program - Jerusalem Studio 794

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  • 28min

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  • 28min

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    US Bolsters Military Mideast Deployment amid Rising Tensions - Jerusalem Studio 791

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    August 29, 2023 8492 views
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    August 22, 2023 11266 views
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    Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles; OPCW voices deep concerns - Jerusalem Studio 788

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    August 18, 2023 5104 views
  • 28min

    Rising U.S.-Russia Tensions in Syria; Regional Implications - Jerusalem Studio 787

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    August 15, 2023 12361 views
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    Is a Nuclear Armed Iran Inevitable? August ‘23 Status Report - Jerusalem Studio 786

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    July 25, 2023 20394 views
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  • 28min

    Israel’s Aerial Superiority - Jerusalem Studio 775

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    May 30, 2023 17384 views
  • 28min

    Operation Shield & Arrow: Recap, Lessons learned – Jerusalem Studio 774

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  • 28min

    Post-election Turkey: What’s next? Jerusalem Studio 773

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    May 19, 2023 8890 views
  • 28min

    Iran’s Growing Influence over Damascus; Regional implications – Jerusalem Studio 772

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    May 16, 2023 8865 views
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    Israel’s state of deterrence: Credible Military Threats vs. Adversaries – Jerusalem Studio 771

    As a nation whose defense doctrine was based on keeping the smallest possible regular military force backed by reserves to be mobilized in emergencies, Israel put a lot of stock in deterrence, hoping for wide intervals between wars. But deterrence has many levels and many target audiences, and Israel has in recent years struggled with…
    May 12, 2023 15384 views
  • 28min

    Israel-US Naval Cooperation amid rising maritime tensions – Jerusalem Studio 770

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    May 09, 2023 15710 views
  • 28min

    Russia’s bid to normalize Syria-Turkey relations – Jerusalem Studio 769

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    May 05, 2023 6733 views
  • 28min

    The Arabian Gulf: Shifting Sands amid global developments – Jerusalem Studio 768

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    May 02, 2023 9207 views
  • 28min

    Sudan: Internal Discord, geopolitical implications – Jerusalem Studio 767

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    April 28, 2023 8791 views
  • 28min

    Memorial and Independence Days: Israeli Stocktaking at 75 – Jerusalem Studio 766

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    April 25, 2023 6189 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s challenge of facing multi-sector threats – Jerusalem Studio 765

    It has become a cliché to claim that Israel is facing simultaneous threats from several quarters - within it, on its boundaries with adjacent entities and territories and outside it. The challenges are always there, but most of the time they erupt serially rather than concurrently - and can be dealt with accordingly. In recent…
    April 18, 2023 13535 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s northern front amid rising tensions – Jerusalem Studio 764

    When Israel looks north towards the two neighboring countries yet to sign peace agreements with the Jewish State, it also looks to east. That is, of course, because whatever happens in the frontlines with Syria and Lebanon is inspired and even directed by the Ayatollah regime in Tehran. This is why Israel takes a holistic…
    April 14, 2023 15372 views
  • 28min

    Rising US-Iran tensions in the Mideast – Jerusalem Studio 763

    The Biden Administration has tried to separate its policy towards Iran’s de-facto pursuit of military nuclear capability from the other concerns it has with Tehran’s Mideast activities, as well as the brutal suppression of domestic dissent. While a revival of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal is officially off the table, there…
    April 11, 2023 16404 views
  • 28min

    Israel between two maritime fronts – Jerusalem Studio 762

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    April 07, 2023 17964 views
  • 28min

    40 Years since CENTCOM establishment: Objectives for the Mideast– Jerusalem Studio 761

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    April 04, 2023 3679 views
  • 28min

    Operation Waves Breaker, One year Anniversary of Counter-Terror Operations – Jerusalem Studio 760

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    March 31, 2023 2373 views
  • 28min

    Israel’s challenges emanating from Lebanon – Jerusalem Studio 759

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    March 28, 2023 15937 views
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    March 24, 2023 4982 views
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    The Iran-Saudi deal vs Israel’s regional integration – Jerusalem Studio 757

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    March 21, 2023 18432 views
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    March 14, 2023 6164 views
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    March 10, 2023 21625 views
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