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On the Middle East with Andrew Parasiliti and Amberin Zaman | Episode #109
Iran uneasy with trend in Israel-Gulf security cooperation, says Dina Esfandiary
Dr. Dina Esfandiary, senior advisor for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group, discusses the latest round of indirect talks between Iran and the US about the Iran nuclear deal; Iran’s policies in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen; and how Iran is managing its ties with Russia and China following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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On the Middle East with Andrew Parasiliti and Amberin Zaman | Episode #108
‘Right moment' for steps toward Israeli-Saudi normalization, says Daniel Shapiro
Daniel Shapiro, former US Ambassador to Israel and Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council, discusses what to expect from US President Joe Biden’s trip next month to Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia; whether the US and Israel are in sync on the Iran nuclear deal; the prospects for Israel-Saudi normalization and Israel-Palestinian peace talks; and scenarios for Israel’s fall elections, including the possible return of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister.
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On Israel with Ben Caspit | Episode #94
Check Point’s Gil Messing recounts battling sophisticated Iranian hackers
This week, Gil Messing, the Chief of Staff and Head of Global Corporate Communications at the Israeli tech company Check Point, recounts how his firm recently stopped a sophisticated fishing campaign by Iranian hackers, which targeted senior Israeli political and security figures. “We constantly need to be under the assumption that such campaigns, such hacking operations, are taking place as we speak by the Iranians and by others,” he says.
On the Middle East with Andrew Parasiliti and Amberin Zaman | Episode #107
Saudi Arabia banking on oil windfall to keep focus on fiscal discipline and diversification, says Stephen Kalin
Stephen Kalin, Wall Street Journal Middle East Correspondent based in Riyadh and Dubai, breaks down the issues around US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia and the region, including Iran, Yemen, Israeli normalization, and global energy security. Also, how Saudi Arabia is managing the windfall from higher oil prices.
On Israel with Ben Caspit | Episode #93
Dr. Shivi Greenfield: Orthodox Judaism shies away from the world, modernity
Ben Caspit talks this week with Dr. Shivi Greenfield, Deputy Director General at The Jewish Agency and author of the recently-published book “Judaism and Liberalism.” Addressing the cleavage in Israel between secular and religious, Orthodox and liberals, extremists and moderate, Greenfield argues that “the Orthodox assume as granted that the Judaism as they understand it today is the authentic one, from ever. He says that the challenge is to make people understand that there is more than one version of Judaism.  
On the Middle East with Andrew Parasiliti and Amberin Zaman | Episode #106
US energy policy requires a Saudi hotline, says Hadley Gamble
Hadley Gamble, anchor for CNBC’s Capital Connection from Abu Dhabi, discusses US President Joe Biden’s upcoming trip to the Middle East; why Saudi-Israel normalization may be a "matter of time"; the fate of the Iran nuclear deal; why Turkey is holding out on Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids; the global food crisis and the consequences of the Ukraine war; and some good news trends in regional markets.
On the Middle East with Andrew Parasiliti and Amberin Zaman | Episode #105
HRW Turkey director Sinclair-Webb says sexist rhetoric from the top undermines efforts to combat violence against women 
Violence against women in Turkey is an extremely big problem. The government's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention to combat violence against women is making matters a lot worse. The government's claims that existing legislation should be enough doesn't stack up because the laws are not being fully implemented, says Human Rights Watch Turkey director Emma Sinclair-Webb
On Israel with Ben Caspit | Episode #92
Peace Now’s Hagit Ofran: Settlers holding Israel’s government hostage 
Ben Caspit speaks this week with Hagit Ofran, co-director of the Settlement Watch Project at the anti-occupation NGO Peace Now. Police recently detained three Peace Now activists who allegedly intended to reach the West Bank outpost of Homesh with a bulldozer in order to demolish the illegal yeshiva operating there. Police also prevented dozens of the Peace Now activists and Meretz Knesset members from demonstrating there. Without the bulldozer campaign, the media and public opinion would have ignored the activists, explains Ofran.
On the Middle East with Andrew Parasiliti and Amberin Zaman | Episode #104
Al-Monitor correspondent Elizabeth Hagedorn discusses US policy toward Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Biden’s upcoming travel to the Middle East
Elizabeth Hagedorn, Al-Monitor State Department Correspondent, and Andrew give their takes on US Iran Envoy Rob Malley’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, why the Iran nuclear deal still has a pulse, the turnaround in US-Saudi relations, and US President Joe Biden’s upcoming travel to the Middle East.
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Reading the Middle East with Gilles Kepel | Episode #8
Israeli-French filmmaker Amos Gitai talks about his celebrated body of work that examines the Arab-Israeli conflict, traumas of war and celebration of life amid adversity
Israeli-French filmmaker Amos Gitai is internationally known for documentaries and feature films about the Middle East and broader Arab-Israeli conflict. As an architecture student in the 1970s, Gitai was wounded during the Yom Kippur War. The experience encouraged him to switch careers and begin making films. He has since created over 90 works of art including feature and short films, documentaries and theater performances. He has been nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival as well as the Golden Lion award at the Venice International Film Festival.
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Iran uneasy with trend in Israel-Gulf security cooperation, says Dina Esfandiary
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‘Right moment' for steps toward Israeli-Saudi normalization, says Daniel Shapiro
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Check Point’s Gil Messing recounts battling sophisticated Iranian hackers
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