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Debate: Is Netanyahu misleading Israelis over Iran?

Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election? Guests: Naftali Bennett, a former chief of staff to Binyamin Netanyahu; Daniel Ben Simon, a member of the Knesset for Labor; Rami Khouri, the director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International … Continue reading

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

As Israel celebrates its 64th independence day, Knesset member Dr. Einat Wilf discusses Israel’s relations with its neighbors and the regional issues. France 24, France

Debate: Israel: The fear of a ‘flytilla’

As Israel stops hundreds of foreign activists which took part in the second ‘flytilla’, the panel will discuss whether Israel is over-reacting to the so-called ‘flytilla’ activists and whether foreign activists can really make a difference on the ground. Guests: Gregg Roman, the deputy director of the Gloria Centre at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya Mustafa Barghouti, … Continue reading

Debate: Egypt’s road to democracy: Uncertainty after ban on presidential candidates

Guests: Ahmed Naguib, Spokesperson for the Trustees Council of the Revolution and member of the Egyptian Tayyar party; Myra Daridan, Egyptian author and researcher; Alain Gresh, Deputy Director, Le Monde Diplomatique. France 24, France Part 1: Egypt’s road to democracy: Uncertainty after ban on presidential candidates Part 1 Part 2: Egypt’s road to democracy: Uncertainty after … Continue reading

Interview: Ilan Baruch, former Israeli ambassador

Ilan Baruch, former Israeli ambassador, resigned a year ago, saying he could no longer defend his government’s policies Russia Today, Russia  

Interview: Yoel Edelstein, Israeli Minister of Information

Yuli Yoel Edelstein, Israel’s minister of information, questions the accuracy of EU reports about Israeli actions in the West Bank and Gaza. EU Observer, European Union

Focus: Jerusalem SOS

In Jerusalem, Jewish and Arab paramedics cross psychological and geographical divisions to save lives. Al Jazeera, Qatar

Focus: Arab doctors historic meeting held in Gaza

Dozens of doctors from all over the Arab world arrived in Gaza for the first ever meeting of the union’s general secretariat in the Palestinian territory. Press TV, Iran

Debate: Will Israel attack Iran?

Has the countdown to attack Iran begun already? Would Israel go it alone? And what would the regional implications be? Guests: Yaakov Katz, a defence analyst and author, and Mohammad Marandi, a professor of political science at the University of Tehran. Al Jazeera, Qatar

Debate: Is Egypt’s football tragedy a conspiracy?

Who is to blame for Thursday football stadium deaths? Was this a spontaneous act of hooliganism, or an organised conspiracy? Guests: Wael Abbas, a journalist and political activist; and Sameh Al-Anani, a sports talk show presenter. Al Jazeera, Qatar

Interview: David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee

David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, discusses the Syrian conflict, the Iranian nuclear programme and the possibility of a “pre-emptive” Israeli attack on Iran, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. France 24, France

Interview: Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar

As Iran braces itself to face the effect of fresh Western-imposed sanctions, Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar discusses how the current standstill is influencing affairs inside the country. Russia Today, Russia

Debate: Egypt one year on: what next for the unfinished revolution?

While the West has been focusing on the electoral victory of Islamists, Egyptians main concern has been the military and its promise to transfer power to a civilian government. Guests: Ismail ALEXANDRANI, Blogger and activist; Dina ZAKARIA, Member, Muslim Brotherhood and Co-founder, Freedom and Justice Party; Ahmed ABD EL-FATAH, Videojournalist, Al Masry Al Youm news … Continue reading

Focus: Egypt’s Salafist surge

In a matter of months, Egypt’s ultra-conservative Salafists have beaten a path from marginalised religious sect to major political force. But what do we know about them, aside from their heavily religious roots? France24, France

Debate: The war in Iraq: Was it worth it?

Guests: Peter W. Galbraith, former US diplomat and author of The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End; Max Boot, military historian, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to General David Petraeus CNN, United States

Interview: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

President Mahmoud Abbas says the response of Israel to the Palestinian proposal on borders and security is “worthless”. Abbas also says the purpose of his European tour is to look at different routes in case the current talks between negotiators fail. Abbas said “We want to live side-by-side with Israel, but we want to isolate Israeli … Continue reading

Interview: Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discusses France’s decision to criminalize any public denial of the 1915 Armenian genocide, as well as the current violence in Syria and the EU’s embargo on Iranian oil. France24, France

Debate: The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State

On September 23, 2011, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to request full membership for the State of Palestine. America’s veto power renders their bid largely symbolic, but there could be leverage gained – like indirect recognition of statehood – in the process. After 20 years of failed talks with Israel, … Continue reading

Debate: Is the Middle East on the verge of cyber war?

Guests: Nikki Moore, a technology writer and expert on internet security; Dave Clemente, a researcher with the International Security Programme at Chatham House; and Abdullah Schleifer, a professor of journalism and senior fellow at the Center for Journalism at the American University in Cairo. Al Jazeera, Qatar

Interview: Steven Kull, Director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes

As tensions grow over Iran’s nuclear ambitions with US sanctions against Tehran’s central bank and recent missiles tests by Iran, Steven Kull explains why he hopes that the Middle East could still become a nuclear weapons-free zone. France24, France


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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