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Jonny Gould's Jewish State Jonny Gould

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    96: Jonny goes to the UAE: Loay Alshareef's vision for reconciliation between Jews and Muslims

    96: Jonny goes to the UAE: Loay Alshareef's vision for reconciliation between Jews and Muslims

    What do you know about the United Arab Emirates? Want to know more of Israel’s newest and perhaps most important partner in peace?

    I’ve just returned from my first ever trip to an Arab nation.

    I went to the capital, Abu Dhabi, to the Global Media Congress, a highly impressive showcase of regional media - with exhibitors from further afield including the Philippines, Russia, Azerbaijan - and Israel.

    It’s a place where East meets West.

    My guest today is typical of the spirit of big heartedness.

    His name is Loay Alshareef and he gave me a very personal guided tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in which we talked about the differences between Islam, Judaism and Christianity - but more importantly their parallels, what binds us as people of faith - in a world where secularity can sometimes get ahead of itself.

    The majesty and craftsmanship of this 21st-century wonder is breathtaking, The extravagant chandeliers in each room, the beautifully etched windows including the 99 Koranic words for G-d.

    The UAE is a nation state insistent on pursuing peace in the world - even with partners who they may still have fundamental, outstanding differences with.

    It has a defined national story, a founder and a magnificent foundation stone in the form of the Grand Mosque.

    It’s all very contemporary. Very 21st century and UAE nationhood is wrapped up in Islam, an Islam of tolerance and engagement and peace.

    Why? Because they’re a nation in a hurry to build and create, to diversify from 20th Century oil to new digital and climate economies. They need the best talent from around the world to help them do it - now!

    So Just 12% of the country is Emirati. The remaining 88% is made up of foreigners. Like London, 200 languages are spoken among its people.

    Loay is outward looking and educated internationally - he is a student of languages, an alumnus of Penn State University, he’s a computer engineer by qualification, loves nothing more than assembling them!

    LISTEN to a fascinating trip around the Global Media Congress in conversation with Loay Alshareef.

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    • 44 min
    95: Fleur Hassan-Nahoum: Jerusalem, Israeli law and order, Abraham Accords, Qatar and me

    95: Fleur Hassan-Nahoum: Jerusalem, Israeli law and order, Abraham Accords, Qatar and me

    Fleur Hassan-Nahoum is Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem with an ambitious eye on the future.

    A flying visit to the UK gave us a chance to chat on Jonny Gould’s Jewish State for the second time.

    Another year to go in office in Jerusalem, but will she stand for another term?

    Because there’s a Likud government she wants to be a part of - and given her rather unique background, there’s an ambassadorial air about her too.

    Apart from very strong diplomatic skills and the ability to talk to diverse communities, the fact she comes from Gibraltar, a British rock off the Spanish mainland in view of Morocco with English and Spanish mother tongues and perfect Ivrit of course (and the daughter of Gib’s first Chief Minister), is she a shoo-in for a diplomatic mission?

    Fleur’s also co-founder and founding member of the UAE-Israel Business Council and we discuss the “baby steps” towards societal change in the conservative Arabian Gulf.

    Let’s also have a sober talk about Smotrich and Ben Gvir, the extreme end of Netanyahu’s comeback government. What are they really about? Is Bibi actually the root to a more stable Israel?

    Why the deal with Hezbollah and Lebanon’s government over the Karish Gas Field has many positives - Qatar, the World Cup, the slavery and deaths - and the outside possibility that one day, they may be peace partners.

    It’s all here!

    Listen to another energetic episode with Fleur Hassan-Nahoum. 

    • 38 min
    94: "I moved around Iran’s elites, I met with the Ayatollah. I'm Jewish”. Catherine Perez-Shakdam

    94: "I moved around Iran’s elites, I met with the Ayatollah. I'm Jewish”. Catherine Perez-Shakdam

    You’ve never heard a story like this.

    Catherine Perez-Shakdam lives in the UK. She’s also lived in France, Yemen and Iran.

    While living in Tehran and married with kids, she mixed in the regime classes, socialising, even going on pilgrimages to Iraq.

    Nothing unusual about that, you say.

    But Catherine is Jewish, of French Sephardi background.

    As an outsider in plain sight, Catherine never revealed her Jewishness - obviously - so got up close to the leadership. She says it’s a deeply political and ideological regime, not religious. Even Nihilistic.

    In Yemen, Catherine started writing articles critical of the Saudis which came to the attention of Iran.

    And while living there, she travelled with President Raisi on his private plane during election campaigning - and asked for and got a private audience with the Ayatollah Khamanei.

    This is Catherine’s highly revealing and detailed story of what drives Iran’s ruling class.

    It’s a forensic eyewitness of a regime, which she says infiltrates the West - with murder on their minds.

    And that’s not all about Catherine. She’s descended from Sephardim who stayed in Spain for centuries after the 1492 expulsion. The 1930s, in fact, when her family ran from Franco’s fascists aiming for Palestine - with tragic consequences.

    So this is also a story of Jewish resilience. How trauma can travel through generations yet Jews emerge triumphant in a culture which strives for a better life for its children even at cost to oneself.

    Catherine is now a research fellow for the Henry Jackson Society.

    This is the extraordinary life of Catherine Perez-Shakdam.

    Jonny Gould’s Jewish State is supported by UK Toremet.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    93: Israel-Lebanon maritime border dispute and Iran protests: Edy Cohen’s verdict

    93: Israel-Lebanon maritime border dispute and Iran protests: Edy Cohen’s verdict

    The decades old Israel-Lebanon maritime border dispute is making headlines again with the planned Israeli start-up for drilling for offshore gas in Karish in the Mediterranean.

    But escalating rhetoric from Iranian-sponsored Shiite terror group Hezbollah threatens war.

    Their leader Hassan Nasrallah claims some of Karish sits north of Lebanon’s border line.

    Western Europe needs Mediterranean gas since Russia invaded Ukraine. Germany and their like need to extricate themselves from Putin’s weaponisation of energy.

    Can Israel avoid war to become a regional energy power?

    And what about the Iranian protests at the same time as America attempts to renegotiate the JCPOA deal in Vienna?

    Edy Cohen’s a native Arab speaker, born and raised in Beirut, now living in Israel.

    He has over half a million followers across the Arab world.

    He tweets Israeli and Jewish perspectives to the Muslim neighbourhood, delving deeper than almost anyone.

    Edy deals in absolutes, in realpolitik and it’s the second time he’s appeared on Jonny Gould’s Jewish State.

    Israel’s Foreign Ministry establishment doesn’t like him because his outreach is both powerful - and unrestrained by the filter of diplomatic niceties.

    That’s why I like him, that’s why you reacted so positively to him – and that’s why he’s back.

    Welcome Edy Cohen back to our podcast!

    Help support Jonny Gould’s Jewish State (including Gift Aid) at https://www.donorbox.org/jgpodcast

    • 41 min
    92: Jason Greenblatt: will Biden unmake Trump’s Middle East peace? In the Path of Abraham

    92: Jason Greenblatt: will Biden unmake Trump’s Middle East peace? In the Path of Abraham

    Jason Greenblatt joins us for a second time as he looks on at how the Abraham Accords has matured since those historic signings in 2020.

    In our last instalment, Jason had just left Washington DC after co-writing President Trump’s "Peace to Prosperity Plan for Palestinians and Israelis" with Jared Kushner and US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.

    It was a breakthrough document which helped seal the first four Abraham Accords agreements.

    Now he’s here to discuss his book, “In the Path of Abraham: How Donald Trump Made Peace in the Middle East - and How to Stop Joe Biden from Unmaking It”.

    Throughout our two interviews, Jason’s instinct for families and the worlds that revolve around them - on both sides - has always been at the fore: that each person he’s negotiated with is also a family man with roots, dreams and a future.

    I’d like to think this interview has a texture of two people who’ve come to know each other a bit better. I’ve come to respect Jason’s work in the pursuit of peace - always based on the realities.

    Will President Joe Biden pursue the amazing breakthrough of the Abraham Accords or will he and his administration continue to bolster Iran’s nuclear ambitions?

    And would he return to Washington if Donald Trump became President again?

    This is Jason Greenblatt.

    Jonny Gould’s Jewish State is supported by UK Toremet.

    Help support Jonny Gould’s Jewish State (including Gift Aid) at https://www.donorbox.org/jgpodcast

    • 54 min
    91: Queen Elizabeth II: A British Jewish tribute to Her Majesty and what the future may hold

    91: Queen Elizabeth II: A British Jewish tribute to Her Majesty and what the future may hold

    The Elizabethan Age draws to a close.

    Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest serving monarch passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire on Thursday 8th September 2022 after 70 years on the throne.

    Her loss is indescribable and her passing has sparked the most extraordinary outpouring of grief from across the world.

    But what did she mean to her Jewish subjects? Will the nation’s temperature change? Is the end of the Elizabethan age a symbol of the end of the post World War II settlement? Will King Charles live upto his role? And where does Israel fit into it?

    As the nation comes to terms with the loss of the Queen, Jonny Gould covers the whirlwind of constitutional events and political change.

    The episode also includes audio tributes from the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Lord Stuart Polak, Lord David Wolfson, the Right Hon. Grant Shapps and international royal correspondent, Jonathan Sacerdoti. I also have a lovely anecdote from Israeli President, Isaac Herzog.

    Jonny Gould’s Jewish State is brought to you in association with Dangoor Education. 

    • 35 min

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