TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Amb. Itzhak Levanon, Fmr. Israeli Envoy to Egypt (Part I)

Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with distinguished Israeli diplomat Itzhak “Izik” Levanon.
Born in Beirut to the Cohen family, he decided to adopt a more Israeli name after immigrating to Israel. He naturally chose “Levanon,” which is the Hebrew version of Lebanon.
Levanon came to Israel following the release of his mother Shulamit Cohen Kishik from a Lebanese prison in a 1967 prisoner exchange. As a prime Mossad and military intelligence agent since Israel’s 1948 founding, she had been arrested and imprisoned for helping Syrian-Jewish youth clandestinely escape by crossing the frontier into the Jewish State.
Following her path along a different route, Levanon joined the Foreign Ministry for service on Israel’s behalf throughout the world and culminating with assumption of one of the top posts in the Middle East as Ambassador to Egypt - a dangerous position that almost led to his death at the hands of a hateful mob of thousands in Cairo during a 2011 attack on the Israeli Embassy.
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  • Published: July 09, 2022
  • Duration: 28 min

TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk

“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night” (Isaiah 62:6)
They are the men and women who have stood guard over Israel. When their countrymen slept, these Watchmen could be counted on to fight for Israel and its capital, Jerusalem, on its numerous fronts. Now, one by one, they are coming to TV7’s Jerusalem studio for in-depth interviews by TV7 Analyst and Host Amir Oren, a veteran observer of the Israeli - and global - defense and government scenes. They will share their stories, insights and some revelations in a way sure to enlighten our viewers who are encouraged to keep these topics in prayer ~ Psalm 122.

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  • 39min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – USMC Gen. (Ret.) Frank McKenzie, Recently Retired U.S. CENTCOM Commander

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    November 19, 2022 6560 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – BG (Ret.) Hezi Leder (Part II)

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    November 05, 2022 3354 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – BG (Ret.) Hezi Leder (Part I)

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    October 22, 2022 3355 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Armor Division Commander BG (Ret.) Yom-Tov Tamir (Part II)

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    October 01, 2022 2717 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Armor Division Commander BG (Ret.) Yom-Tov Tamir (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with Brigadier General (Ret.) Yom-Tov Tamir. Our guest is a member of the Israel Defense Forces’ generation of most experienced armor combat officers, who between 1967 and 1982 took part in multiple wars, campaigns and battles. He commanded troops in combat on all…
    September 17, 2022 2986 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Dr. Ephraim Lapid, former IDF Spokesman (Part II)

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    September 10, 2022 4277 views
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    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Dr. Ephraim Lapid, Former IDF Spokesman (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Dr. Ephraim Lapid, who has spent decades on several sides of the quest for defense information. His early career brought him up the ranks of the IDF Intelligence Corps on collection and production assignments. Lapid was appointed to senior…
    August 20, 2022 3898 views
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    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Amb. Reuven Merhav, former Mossad, ISA Agent (Part II)

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    August 06, 2022 2050 views
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    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Amb. Reuven Merhav, former Mossad, ISA Agent (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with Amb. Reuven Merhav. Merhav has literally been all over the world on behalf of the Israeli government, serving in Ethiopia, Kenya, Lebanon and Hong Kong, having the unique experience of seeing half-dozen national security organizations from within. As a soldier, he fought…
    July 30, 2022 5200 views
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    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Amb. Itzhak Levanon, Fmr. Israeli Envoy to Egypt (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a two-part interview with distinguished Israeli diplomat Itzhak “Izik” Levanon. Born in Beirut to the Cohen family, he decided to adopt a more Israeli name after immigrating to Israel. He naturally chose “Levanon,” which is the Hebrew version of Lebanon. Levanon came to Israel following the…
    July 16, 2022 4514 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Amb. Itzhak Levanon, Fmr. Israeli Envoy to Egypt (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with distinguished Israeli diplomat Itzhak “Izik” Levanon. Born in Beirut to the Cohen family, he decided to adopt a more Israeli name after immigrating to Israel. He naturally chose “Levanon,” which is the Hebrew version of Lebanon. Levanon came to Israel following the…
    July 09, 2022 5257 views
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    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – BG (Ret.) Amnon Sofrin, Former Mossad Chief of Intelligence (Part III)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the third of a three-part interview with Amnon Sofrin, who started his military career as an infantryman, taking part in some of the fiercest fighting during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. After suffering battle wounds, he shifted to the Intelligence Corps where he rose through the ranks to serve…
    July 02, 2022 4474 views
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    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – BG (Ret.) Amnon Sofrin, Former Mossad Chief of Intelligence (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a three-part interview with Amnon Sofrin, who started his military career as an infantryman, taking part in some of the fiercest fighting during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. After suffering battle wounds, he shifted to the Intelligence Corps where he rose through the ranks to serve…
    June 18, 2022 5370 views
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    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – BG (Ret.) Amnon Sofrin, Former Mossad Chief of Intelligence (Part I)

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    June 04, 2022 5539 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Brig. Gen. (Res.) Hanan Gefen, former Unit 8200 Chief

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    April 16, 2022 5093 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Amb. Ron Prosor, former Foreign Ministry Director General (Part I)

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    April 30, 2022 2924 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – Amb. Ron Prosor, former Foreign Ministry Director General (Part II)

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    May 07, 2022 2888 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – BG (Res.) Doron Gavish, Air Defense Chief (Part II)

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    April 10, 2022 3437 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – BG (Res.) Doron Gavish, IDF Air Defense Chief (Part I)

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    April 02, 2022 4148 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – BG (Res.) Yuval Bazak, Commands and Concepts (Part II)

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    March 19, 2022 3852 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk – BG (Res.) Yuval Bazak, Commands and Concepts (Part I)

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    March 05, 2022 4837 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk - Maj. Gen. (Res) Mickey Edelstein -Fmr IDF Attaché to Washington (Part II)

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    February 19, 2022 3277 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk - Maj. Gen. (Res) Mickey Edelstein - Fmr IDF Attaché to Washington (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with IDF Maj. Gen. (Res.) Mickey Edelstein. Maj. Gen. Edelstein recently officially retired as a career officer, although he is still often called up for active reserve duty. The creative and thoughtful former Infantry, Paratrooper and Commando leader. His command as high as…
    February 05, 2022 4717 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk - Former MK and IDF Commander Major General (Ret.) David Tzur (Part III)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the third of a three-part interview with former Knesset Member and IDF Commander DR Maj. Gen. Ret.) David Tzur. David “Tzuri” Tzur began his military career as a Paratrooper, during which he participated in many raids. He later joined and ultimately commanded the Coastal Plain District Police and Israel's…
    January 23, 2022 3444 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk - Former MK and IDF Commander Major General (Ret.) David Tzur (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a three-part interview with former Knesset Member and IDF Commander DR Maj. Gen. Ret.) David Tzur. David “Tzuri” Tzur began his military career as a Paratrooper, during which he participated in many raids. He later joined and ultimately commanded the Coastal Plain District Police and Israel's…
    January 15, 2022 4013 views
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    TV7 Israel Watchmen Talk - Former MK and IDF Commander Major General (Ret.) David Tzur (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a three-part interview with former Knesset Member and IDF Commander DR Maj. Gen. Ret.) David Tzur. David “Tzuri” Tzur began his military career as a Paratrooper, during which he participated in many raids. He later joined and ultimately commanded the Coastal Plain District Police and Israel's…
    January 22, 2022 3391 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – Navy Head of Operations Admiral Daniel Hagari (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a two-part interview with Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari. As a Naval Commando throughout most of his career, Hagari is the senior operations staff officer under Israel’s Navy Chief. Rising through the ranks of the Shayetet 13 Israeli Seals naval reconnaissance to ‘dive and demolish in order…
    December 05, 2021 7281 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – Navy Head of Operations Admiral Daniel Hagari (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari. As a Naval Commando throughout most of his career, Hagari is the senior operations staff officer under Israel’s Navy Chief. Rising through the ranks of the Shayetet 13 Israeli Seals naval reconnaissance to ‘dive and demolish in order…
    December 04, 2021 8649 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – Former IDF COGAT, Major Gen. (ret.) Eitan Dangot (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a two-part interview with retired Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, who came up through the Artillery Branch, fought alongside paratroopers in Lebanon, commanded and trained fire units, was a Defense Attache in the Netherlands, served as Chief of Staff in the Home Rear Command and served as…
    October 24, 2021 4129 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – Former IDF COGAT, Major Gen. (ret.) Eitan Dangot (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with retired Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, who came up through the Artillery Branch, fought alongside paratroopers in Lebanon, commanded and trained fire units, was a Defense Attache in the Netherlands, served as Chief of Staff in the Home Rear Command and served as…
    October 23, 2021 4951 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – IDF Maj. Gen.(res) Gershon Hacohen (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a two-part interview with IDF Maj. Gen.(res) Gershon Hacohen, who is known throughout the Israeli military community as uniquely thoughtful, articulate - and opinionated. As one of the first officers of a religious-upbringing to reach the top tier of the IDF, Hacohen served in the 1973…
    January 01, 2022 5358 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – IDF Maj. Gen.(res) Gershon Hacohen (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with IDF Maj. Gen.(res) Gershon Hacohen, who is known throughout the Israeli military community as uniquely thoughtful, articulate - and opinionated. As one of the first officers of a religious-upbringing to reach the top tier of the IDF, Hacohen served in the 1973…
    December 18, 2021 5988 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs & former IDF Spokesman Nachman Shai

    Please join host Amir Oren for an interview with Minister for Jewish Diaspora Affairs Nachman Shai, who is likely Israel’s foremost authority on military-media relations. If this issue has four or five angles to it, Shai has seen it from six. Prior to entering politics, then-Brigadier General Shai was a member of the General Staff…
    September 18, 2021 4681 views
  • 28min

    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk –Brig. Gen. (Res) Relik Shafir, IAF pilot & Commander, Operation Opera -P2

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    October 16, 2021 6108 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk –Brig. Gen. (Res) Relik Shafir, IAF pilot & Commander, Operation Opera -P1

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with Ace IAF Fighter Pilot, Brig. Gen. (Res) Relik Shafir. Gen. Shafir is a member of the select company of IAF fighter pilots with a distinguished record of an “Ace,” having downed at least five enemy planes in dogfights and participating in important…
    October 02, 2021 6300 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk - LTG (Ret.) Ehud Barak, Israel’s former Prime Minister (Part III)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the third of a three-part interview with Ehud Barak. If there is one Israeli who deserves to be the proverbial man who needs no introduction, it is Ehud Barak. For some 35 years a soldier, in the next 25 years or so moving in and out of politics, Barak…
    September 15, 2021 4082 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk - LTG (Ret.) Ehud Barak, Israel’s former Prime Minister (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a three-part interview with Ehud Barak. If there is one Israeli who deserves to be the proverbial man who needs no introduction, it is Ehud Barak. For some 35 years a soldier, in the next 25 years or so moving in and out of politics, Barak…
    September 11, 2021 6589 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk - LTG (Ret.) Ehud Barak, Israel’s former Prime Minister (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a three-part interview with Ehud Barak. If there is one Israeli who deserves to be the proverbial man who needs no introduction, it is Ehud Barak. For some 35 years a soldier, in the next 25 years or so moving in and out of politics, Barak…
    September 04, 2021 8043 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchman Talk - Rear Admiral (ret.)Prof. Shaul Chorev, Atomic Energy, Haifa U. (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a two-part interview with Admiral-turned-Professor Chorev who is probably Israel’s most knowledgeable and dedicated advocate of maritime awareness and investment in military and civilian dimensions alike. Chorev had a unique Naval career, commanding a landing ship, missile boats and submarines. When he took off his white…
    November 20, 2021 4460 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchman Talk - Rear Admiral (ret.) Prof. Shaul Chorev, Atomic Energy, Haifa U. (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with Admiral-turned-Professor Chorev who is probably Israel’s most knowledgeable and dedicated advocate of maritime awareness and investment in military and civilian dimensions alike. Chorev had a unique naval career, commanding a landing ship, missile boats and submarines. When he took off his white…
    November 06, 2021 4807 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchman Talk- BG (ret.) Avigdor Kahalani, Armored Division CDR & War Hero (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a two-part interview Avigdor Kahalani, one of Israel’s best-known Armor commanders, retired as a Brigadier-General after leading fighting and training on all levels, from a single tank crew to platoon to company to battalion to brigade to division. Badly wounded in the Six-Day War, when he…
    August 29, 2021 5379 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchman Talk - BG (ret.) Avigdor Kahalani; Armored Division Commander & war hero-Part I

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with Avigdor Kahalani, one of Israel’s best-known Armor commanders, retired as a Brigadier-General after leading fighting and training on all levels, from a single tank crew to platoon to company to battalion to brigade to division. Badly wounded in the Six-Day War, when…
    August 14, 2021 7834 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk– BG (ret) Uzi Eilam, former head Israel Atomic Energy Commission (Part II)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the second of a two-part interview with former Israel Atomic Energy Commission Director Uzi Eilam, who is also a retired IDF Brigadier General who commanded various military units during his service to IDF. Gen. Eilam has been closely involved in many of the most crucial decision-making events in the…
    August 07, 2021 6538 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – BG (ret) Uzi Eilam, former head Israel Atomic Energy Commission (Part I)

    Please join host Amir Oren for the first of a two-part interview with former Israel Atomic Energy Commission Director Uzi Eilam, who is also a retired IDF Brigadier General who commanded various military units during his service to IDF. Gen. Eilam has been closely involved in many of the most crucial decision-making events in the…
    July 31, 2021 5770 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – Dr. Uzi Rubin, former IMoD Head of Missile Defense (Part II)

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    July 17, 2021 6820 views
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    TV7 Israel: Watchmen Talk – Dr. Uzi Rubin, former IMoD Head of Missile Defense (Part I)

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    July 03, 2021 7551 views
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