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Episode 133 | How the New Hope party views Israel’s election

Episode 133 | How the New Hope party views Israel’s election

January 22, 2021

Richard Pater speaks to Sharren Haskel, a member of Gideon Saar’s New Hope party. Sharren, a former Likud MK, discusses her introduction into politics and decision to leave the Likud for New Hope. Richard and Sharren also discuss whether Israel needs elections right now, what New Hope’s main messaging will be throughout the election campaign and how the party plans to court Likud votes. Sharren explains why Gideon Saar is the only candidate who can oust Netanyahu and bring much needed stability and reform to the country.

Episode 132 | Yesh Atid’s perspective on Israel’s election

Episode 132 | Yesh Atid’s perspective on Israel’s election

January 13, 2021

Richard Pater speaks to Yair Zivan, the Foreign Affairs Advisor and International Media Spokesperson to Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid. Richard and Yair discuss the breakdown of the Israeli government and the factors the forced Israel into a fourth election in two years. They discuss whether the center left parties will unite with Yesh Atid ahead of the election and the party’s key messaging and priorities throughout the election campaign.

Episode 131 | The Likud perspective on Israel’s upcoming election

Episode 131 | The Likud perspective on Israel’s upcoming election

January 6, 2021

Richard Pater speaks with Eli Hazan, the Likud party’s foreign affairs director. Richard and Eli discuss the reasons why Israel is heading for another election and who is to blame. Eli explains why he believes Gideon Saar and Zeev Elkin made a mistake in leaving the Likud and outlines what we can expect to hear from the Likud campaign in the weeks ahead.

Episode 130 | Israel enters another election cycle

Episode 130 | Israel enters another election cycle

December 23, 2020

Richard Pater talks to Yaakov Katz the editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post.  They discuss the break-up of the coalition and what messages we will hear during the campaign. Yaakov outlines the competition Prime Minister Netanyahu faces from other right-wing parties and the prospects of him able to form a governing coalition next time around. 

Episode 129 | In conversation with Britain’s Ambassador to Israel

Episode 129 | In conversation with Britain’s Ambassador to Israel

December 10, 2020

Richard Pater speaks to Britain’s Ambassador to Israel, Neil Wigan. Richard and Ambassador Wigan discuss the role the UK has played and will continue to play in supporting the Abraham Accords including in economic, scientific and political areas. The two also discuss concerns over the JCPOA nuclear deal, Iran’s regional agenda and the UK’s role in the Middle East. Ambassador Wigan also addresses bilateral UK-Israel ties and what impact Brexit will have on the relationship.

Episode 128 | Will Saudi Arabia make peace with Israel?

Episode 128 | Will Saudi Arabia make peace with Israel?

December 2, 2020

In this episode, Research Associate Samuel Nurding speaks to Sir John Jenkins, a senior fellow at Policy Exchange and a board member for MENAF (Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum), on whether Saudi Arabia will normalise relations with Israel after 20 January 2021, how the US-Iran nuclear standoff will play out, and why the UK Government is still not confronting the challenge of Islamism.  

Episode 127 | Biden and domestic Israeli politics

Episode 127 | Biden and domestic Israeli politics

November 27, 2020

In the episode, Richard Pater speaks to Shalom Lipner, the nonresident senior fellow for Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council, and a former veteran of the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, serving seven consecutive Israeli prime ministers over 25 years. They discuss the fallout of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Israel, what the implications of a democratic President are on domestic Israeli politics and what we should expect between Israel, the Palestinians and the US over the next four years. 

Episode 126 | Exploring the Abraham Accords

Episode 126 | Exploring the Abraham Accords

November 20, 2020

In this episode Richard Pater speaks to Dr. Majid Al Sarrah and Dan Fefferman, both founding member of the UAE-Israel Business Council and Policy Forum. Dr. Majid is an Emirati legal adviser and expert in public policy. He is a former professor at the American University of Sharjah and a researcher in international law, economics and policy analysis. Dan Feferman is a Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, and a former Israeli intelligence analyst. They discuss the opportunities created by the Abraham Accords, where this leaves the Palestinians and the significance of the F-35s deal.

Episode 125 | Trump’s last 70 days

Episode 125 | Trump’s last 70 days

November 10, 2020

In this episode, Ronie Gazit speaks to Israel Policy Forum’s Policy Director, Dr Michael Koplow. Ronie and Michael discuss what we may see from the Trump administration’s last two months in office, and what actions he make take regarding Iran and Israel. Michael also lays out how President Elect Joe Biden’s administration will differ from what we’ve seen from Trump in its approach to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Iran.

Episode 124 | What Israel and Iran should expect from a Biden administration?

Episode 124 | What Israel and Iran should expect from a Biden administration?

November 5, 2020

In this episode, BICOM’s research associate Samuel Nurding speaks with Jonathan Paris, a geopolitical analyst and Senior Advisor at the Washington-based Chertoff Group, to discuss the US presidential election, how the make-up of the Senate and House of Representatives could impact US foreign policy, and what a Biden 1st term means for Israel, Iran and the region as opposed to a Trump 2nd term.

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