Are Israelâ€™s Gas Fields a Matter of National Security?(50:41)
Khader Adnan, a leader of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, currently an administrative detainee in an Israeli prison, will be released in two weeks, in exchange for his ending his 55-day hunger strike. Why would the government give in and release him? What are the considerations? Does Israel have an obligation to stop him from starving himself to death? Does this decision show strength or weakness on the part of the government?
The much-anticipated Freedom Flotilla III arrived near Israelâ€™s waters early this morning. Three ships turned back and went home, while the fourth ship was boarded by the Israeli navy without incident. Was this handled properly by the Israeli government? Why was this a big story?
After the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaâ€™alon declared his hope that Israel would follow suit. What are the chances of this happening in the future? Given the fact that there isÂ no provision for civil marriage in the Jewish state, is it even possible?
With the discovery of major gas fields off the coast of Israel, the country now has the opportunity to become not only energy independent, but also an energy exporter. However, the find is surrounded by political controversy, as well. What is its basis? Why has the government ruled it a national-security issue and what does this mean?
Host: Glen Ladau
Panel: Jeremy Saltan, Judy Lash Balint, Daniel Seaman, Mottle Wolfe