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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

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

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

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

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

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

Debate: Taunting Iran

A debate on the current stalemate in the nuclear discussions between Iran and Western powers, the prospect of war and the importance of domestic agendas over the issue. Russia Today, Russia

Debate: The cost of Syria’s crackdown

Ten months of protests and a violent crackdown have taken a severe toll on the Syrian economy. Its currency is weakening, the recession is deepening and the government is so short of cash that it has been forced to levy a special tax on state workers. Is Syria facing a severe economic decline? And are … Continue reading

Debate: Egypt’s Islamists: Threat or opportunity?

As Islamist parties emerge from elections as the country’s leading political force, should Egyptians be concerned? Guests: Joshua Stacher, a professor of political science at Kent State University; Dia’a Rashwan, al-Ahram Center for Strategic Studies; and Dr Sherif El-Haggan, a professor, AUC. Al Jazeera, Qatar

Debate: The Covert Campaign Of Assassinations & Sabotage Against Iran’s Nuclear Program

Following Wednesday’s killing of a nuclear scientist in Tehran, Ronen Bergman, journalist for the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, and David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security discusses the covert war against Iran’s nuclear program. PBS, United States

Debate: Middle East talks: The US in the backseat

As the US begins an election year, we ask what the future holds for America’s Middle East policy. So can the US lead a Middle East peace process? Guests: Robert Malley, a special assistant to President Bill Clinton on Arab-Israeli affairs; Daniel Levy, a former Israeli negotiator who worked in the government of Ehud Barak and … Continue reading

Debate: Is the Arab League mission doomed to fail?

Despite the presence of the Arab League observers in Syria the government crackdown on protesters continues. How effective is the Arab League mission? Has the Syrian regime managed to continue their heavy handed crackdown on protesters despite the Arab League’s presence on the ground? Who controls the Syrian military, and how does it function against protesters? … Continue reading

Debate: Israel’s deepening religious divide

As extremists are accused of harassing Israeli women, is the influence of ultra-orthodox Jews growing in the country? Guests: Gideon Levy, author and columnist for Haaretz newspaper; Ben Hartman, reporter for the Jerusalem Post; and Gregg Roman, former defence ministry official and deputy director of the Gloria Centre at the interdisciplinary centre Herzliya. Al Jazeera, Qatar

Debate: Who is behind the Damascus blasts?

The uprising in Syria began nine months ago but this last week has been a particularly bloody one for Syrians, even by recent standards. On Friday, Damascus became the target of suicide car bombings for the first time as two huge explosions ripped through government intelligence buildings, killing at least 44 people. The key question is: Who … Continue reading

Debate: South Sudan and Israel – unlikely friends?

Israel was one of the first countries in the world to recognise South Sudan’s independence earlier this year. In September, Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan, and Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, met at the sideline of the United Nations general assembly. This week, Kiir has made an official visit to Israel. What explains this close yet … Continue reading

Debate: Arab Spring: An opportunity for Israel?

Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, has urged the Israeli government to “mend fences” with its neighbours and reverse a growing isolation in the Middle East. In a speech in Washington, Panetta said Israel’s concern over the Arab Spring revolts that have toppled long-time authoritarian leaders was understandable. But he stressed that these changes in leadership are offering an … Continue reading

Debate: Targeting Iran

The latest IAEA report claims that Iran could be on the path to developing nuclear weapons. Israel has reacted with threats of war. And as the US withdraws from Iraq, how will the shift in the balance of power affect the region? Al Jazeera, Qatar


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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