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Hear what Israel's top experts in the fields of intelligence, security, international relations and diplomacy have to say about Israel and the complexities of the Middle East in the 21st century.




Hear what Israel's top experts in the fields of intelligence, security, international relations and diplomacy have to say about Israel and the complexities of the Middle East in the 21st century.






Jeremy Corbyn and the Resurgence of European Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is back - though it can be argued that it never went away. The real focus of our attention should be in the United Kingdom with the rise of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the British Labour party and in effect the head of the Opposition. If you're not following how this story is unfolding, the details are extremely important. Look at what British leaders themselves are saying. This month, the deputy head of the British Labour party, Tom Watson, in fact declared that the British...


Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty on the Golan Heights

Amb. Dore Gold testified in Washington before the House Subcommittee on National Security on July 17, 2018 Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Ron DeSantis: Ambassador Gold, would this be in Israel's national security interest to have U.S. recognition of the Golan? Gold: I believe that U.S. recognition of Israel's sovereignty on the Golan would unquestionably be in Israel's security interest. Look, everyone talks about Israeli forces staying on the Golan Heights. That's in the famous Ford letter from...


Will the Trump-Putin Summit Lead to Some Pushback Against Iran in Syria?

See Diplomatic Dispatch videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1uUSrjSnB01cffzLv7A9tLLKcACZMS_c Amir Taheri is an Iranian commentator, living in exile in London, who is a harsh critic of the Iranian regime. He used to be editor of the Iranian daily newspaper Kayhan and has written multiple books on Iran, including a biography of Ayatollah Khomeini. This week, Amir Taheri wrote a tweet that was very harsh, but very insightful at the same time. He tweeted: President Rouhani exposes as...


Verses and Interpretations: Quranic Attitudes towards Jews and Their Relevance to Our Times

The lecture focuses on the relationship between Muhammad and the emerging Muslim community and the major Jewish tribes in Arabia. We shall see how the animosity between the two parties is reflected in the Quran, in its various interpretations, and in the Muslim traditions in general. We shall try to understand the historical reality hidden behind the verses and the traditions. Nevertheless, some classical and mainly modern interpretations try to read the relevant verses in a more cordial...


Hamas, Gaza, and the Rush to Judgment - Amb. Dore Gold

Accusations made against Israel over the last month that the Israeli army used “excessive force” against Palestinians along the fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel provided me with a strong sense of déjà vu. Back in 2009, Israel was bombarded with criticism that it had used disproportionate amounts of force as it tried to suppress Hamas rocket fire aimed at Israeli cities. The high point of that criticism back then was the release of the famous, or I should say infamous, Goldstone Report...


A Changed Saudi Arabia - Amb. Dore Gold

I get asked all the time, “You wrote a book, we seem to remember, about Saudi Arabia’s contribution to the rise of global terrorism after 9/11. Yet you are now associated with the effort of the State of Israel and others to bring Saudi Arabia into the tent and to create a kind of new relationship – perhaps a reconciliation – between the Jewish state and the Saudi Kingdom. How do you explain that? Isn’t that an inconsistency.” The Israeli security establishment at the time estimated that...


The Brewing Conflict along the Red Sea - Amb. Dore Gold

While international observers are rightfully looking at serious questions in the Middle East like the future of Syria and Iran’s interests in taking over that country, there is a crisis brewing to Israel’s south that has not gotten sufficient attention. I’m speaking about the Red Sea where at least a half a dozen countries are scrambling for influence, seeking bases throughout the area, and positioning themselves for perhaps even a future conflict. There are four flash points that should be...


Islamic Terrorists Target Europe: Why Spain May Be the Epicenter for Terror Attacks

Harold, we’ve been seeing attacks of Muslim radicals, of terrorists, across Europe. But there seems to be a focus on the Iberian Peninsula, with attacks on Barcelona and, of course, the famous one on the Madrid trains. From your understanding of Arab affairs and Islamic history, why is there a focus on Spain and the Iberian Peninsula?


The Discovery and Rescue of Iraqi Jews’ Patrimony in Baghdad. Will It Now Be Lost?

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Harold Rhode, the Collection’s Angel. Harold Rhode: In 2003, during the American liberation of Iraq, all of a sudden, the head of the Iraqi opposition, Ahmed Chalabi, a great man, calls me saying: “Harold, get over here. The man who ran the Israel and Jewish section of the Iraqi intelligence has just come to tell us all the things that he has done, and he is willing to show us the documents, where he had them in the Iraqi intelligence ministry.”


From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the Rebirth of Israel in 1948 - Dr. Jacques Gauthier

Dr. Jacques Gauthier, is the principal and founder of Gauthier & Associates, an international law firm established in Toronto, Canada in 1984. He is a member of the Intercontinental Grouping of Accountants and Lawyers (IGAL).


Was the Declaration a Legally Binding Document? - Prof. Ruth Lapidoth

Prof. Ruth Lapidoth served as a member of Israeli diplomatic delegations to the United Nations General Assembly and to international committees. She participated in the negotiations for the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and for the establishment of the multinational force in Sinai. In 2006 Lapidoth won the Israel Prize for Legal Research for her academic and public work.


The Historical Paths to the Balfour Declaration - Prof. Andrew Roberts

Prof. Andrew Roberts read modern history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an honorary senior scholar and PhD. He has written twelve books. He is a founding member of the Friends of Israel Initiative. In 2016 he won the Bradley Prize.


The Continued Relevance of the Balfour Declaration - Prof. Nicholas Rostow

Prof. Nicholas Rostow is Charles Evans Hughes Visiting Professor of Government and Jurisprudence at Colgate University. He teaches courses in international law and American foreign policy. In addition, he is a Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Law School.


Lessons for Diplomats from the Balfour Declaration - Amb. Daniel Taub

Amb. Daniel Taub is an Israeli diplomat and international lawyer. He served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 until 2015 and is currently Director of Strategy and Planning of the Yad Hanadiv foundation.


Israel as a Strategic Asset to Britain - Col. Richard Kemp

Col. Richard Kemp has spent most of his life combating terrorism and insurgency. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan in 2003 and between 1979 and 2006 commanded troops on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.


From the Balfour Declaration to a Palestinian State? - Moshe Arens

Moshe Arens is an Israeli politician and diplomat who served as Minister of Defense three times and Minister of Foreign Affairs once. He is crurrently chairman of the International Board of Governors of the Ariel University Center of Samaria.


How the Palestinians View the Balfour Declaration Today - Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser is Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments at the Jerusalem Center. He was formerly Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence.


100 Years Since Balfour Declaration: Legal Issues

Chair: David Horowitz - Founding editor of The Times of Israel Prof. Ruth Lapidoth - Hebrew University, Israel Prize Recipient Prof. Nicholas Rostow - Colgate University Dr. Jacques Gauthier - International lawyer and scholar, served as legal counsel to the governments of Spain, Mexico, and Canada


100 Years Since The Balfour Declaration - Amb. Dore Gold

Ambassador Dore Gold has served as President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs since 2000. From June 2015 until October 2016 he served as Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN (1997-1999), and as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.


100 Years Since The Balfour Declaration - Dr. Michael Borchard

Dr. Michael Borchard - Director, Israel Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung