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Israel at 70

this morning (friday 18th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
israel at 70: a personal reflection (presented by simon schama)

Simon Schama was three when the state of Israel was born in May 1948. The country’s story has been interwoven with his own life. He offers a personal account of Israel’s troubled and often bloody history, of the deep division with the Palestinians.
He paints a vivid picture of the post war world and the desperate need of sanctuary for Jews fleeing Europe and, later, Arab lands.
Simon gives his interpretation not only of the conflicts and the failed peace plans but also of the nation that has been built and what its future might be.”

including interviews with …
• israeli innovation expert nava swersky sofer
• revisionist historian avi shlaim
ahmad samih khalidi, editor-in-chief of the journal for palestine studies
lyn julius, author of uprooted
• rabbi  joseph dweck
• israeli ”new” historian tom segev
nada majdalani and • gidon bromberg, of ecopeace middle east

Newshour extra: Middle East

tomorrow afternoon (monday 1st), 3.05-4.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated from 8.05am last saturday)
borders, oil and power in the middle east (presented by owen bennett jones) (in the newshour extra series)

“The map of the Middle East, established after World War One almost 100 years ago, is crumbling. Islamic State militants now control large parts of Iraq and Syria including the border region that divides the two countries, and their territorial ambitions have not ended there.
Is Islamic State permanently re-drawing the map, or can the traditional regional powers retain their dominance? What are the consequences for the people who live within those borders and for control of the region’s vast mineral wealth?”

with …
fawaz gerges, professor of international relations at the lse
rosemary hollis
sari nusseibeh
avi shlaim
john hamilton, the london director of cross-border information.

(0:45:30 Avi Shlaim) “I don’t think that Israel/Palestine is a separate discrete conflict. It ‘s part of the whole of the Middle East set-up and it’s the most fundamental and lasting and enduring conflict in the region, and there can be no peace no stability and no security in the Middle East until the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is resolved.”
(0:46:20 Avi Shlaim) “I support and advocate a one-state solution, one state which is for all its citizens with equal rights for all its citizens …”


The Gatekeepers: Newsnight debate

tomorrow evening (saturday 11th), 11.20-11.50pm, on bbc 2
the gatekeepers: newsnight debate chaired by evan davis, with …
• colonel miri eisin, israeli government spokesperson 2006-7
• anti-israeli historian avi shlaim
• haaretz journalist ari shavit
• bbc journalist lyse doucet
• former palestinian minister of justice ahmad khalidi

A panel of studio guests debate the issues raised by Storyville: The Gatekeepers.”


Life and legacy of Ariel Sharon

online only, at (7 minutes)
life and legacy of ariel sharon, presented by paul adams, with several contributions from avi dichter, yisrael medad, rashid khalili, and avi shlaim
(part of a written bbc obituary)
(for “a life in pictures” see

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