Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Gil Hoffman, pollical analyst and columnist of the Jerusalem Post to assess the political dynamics of the first historic Israeli do-over election on September 17th. The April 9th election failed to result in Bibi forming a ruling coalition because he couldn’t get Avigdor Liberman of Yisrael Beiteinu to join or even Labor party leader Gabbay to join. Hoffman’s bottom line is that it will be hard for Netanyahu to reach the required 61 Knesset seats to form a ruling coalition. There is the reforming of the United Arab -Balad party list with currently 9 seats in the polls to foil a possible ruling coalition.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dan Diker to comment on the “Peace through Prosperity” proposals of the Trump Administration at the Bahrain conference and the simultaneous US, Russia and Israel Trilateral Security Summit in Jerusalem. Diker is the Director of the Program to Counter Political Warfare at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). He is a former Secretary General of the World Jewish Congress. He is the editor and co-author of Defeating Denormalization—Shared Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives on a New Path to Peace, (2018).
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dr. Stephen Bryen to discuss the clash between the US and Iran over the downing in international waters of a US Navy MQ 4 Triton surveillance drone by Iranian air defense missiles. He questions the wisdom of disclosing the US retaliatory cyber-attack against Iranian air defense missile control systems. We review Trump’s tough sanctions against Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei and Revolutionary Guard military officials. We switch the focus of the interview to discuss Bryen’s new e-book published on-line, Security for Holy Places
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dr. Stephen Bryen to address the alleged Iran Revolutionary Guards provocative attack on two foreign flag oil tankers in the strategic Gulf of Oman. Bryen is a former Capitol Hill foreign policy staffer, Reagan-era Pentagon official, noted military technologist and Asia Times columnist.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview a Sudanese academic, Professor “H”. He reveals the dynamics behind the massive civil protests throughout the country against the leaders of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) who rejected a civilian – led government and brutally usurped power in Khartoum. The occasion of this interview was a massacre of sit-in protesters in Khartoum that killed over one hundred, injured hundreds more and saw dozens of victims who were forcibly drowned in the Nile River. He considers the toll vastly undercounted. The emerging ‘warlord’ and deputy leader of the TMC, Hemeti, was responsible for the creation and launch of the Rapid Support Force Janjaweed – “the devils on horses”, who perpetrated the Darfur genocides in 2003.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon of Israel News Talk Radio – Beyond the Matrix bring back Jerusalem Post political analyst Gil Hoffman to discuss the failure of Israeli PM Netanyahu to form a ruling coalition following the April 9th snap election. Hoffman considers this a first for Israel’s complex electoral system as this has not happened before. . .
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Diliman Abdulkader, director of the Kurdistan Project of the Washington, DC – based Endowment for Middle East Truth to review the current status of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Force and Council given developments in the northeastern region and hearings in Washington, DC.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dr. Stephen Bryen, former Reagan era Pentagon official, military technology expert and Asia Times columnist to address Iran’s capabilities in the current standoff with the Trump Administration in the Persian Gulf and Middle East. Iran has leveraged proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Gaza by transferring missile and drone technology to engage in asymmetrical warfare against US assets and allies as pushback for imposition of severe economic sanctions. Bryen noted that Iran cannot stand toe to toe with the vast power of the US military.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview Dan Diker, Director of the Program to Counter Political Warfare at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Diker and Adam Shay of the JCPA have published a new monograph The PACBI Deception: Unmasked – Terror Links and Political Warfare Masquerading as Human Rights. The interview took place after the 48-hour rocket war against Israel instigated by Iran-controlled Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Iran-funded Hamas, a wing of the international Muslim Brotherhood movement.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview Rabbi Jonathan, spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Stoughton, Massachusetts, a stalwart in the international free speech movement. We discuss kashrut traditions both Ashkenazic and Sephardi and the scriptural, Kabbalistic contexts of Tikkun Olam versus social justice interpretations by liberal Jewish denominations in the US.
Did Israel attack an Iranian WMD Site in Syria? Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview Stephen Bryen, noted Washington, DC military technologist, Asia Times columnist and former Reagan era Pentagon official on the revelations following the latest Israel Air Force mission in Syria. It appears that the raid may have taken out an Iranian WMD site in Hama, Syria that appeared to be modeled on the disputed Parchin nuclear trigger test site in Iran. Bryen noted that the IAF air attack launched precision Delilah cruise missiles from the Northern Lebanon airspace that struck the Iranian surface missile production and training site.
Has the Left in Israel sold out? Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview former Hebrew University professor and expert on Middle East minorities Mordechai Nisan, author of “The Crack-up of the Israeli Left”. He argues that the left maintains the mindset of Israel through the media, the courts, culture and military. This despite the rise of right-wing ruling coalitions in the Knesset since 1977 and especially over the past decade under PM Netanyahu since 2009. Since 1967 Professor Nisan argues that the left has been out of touch on two fundamental issues.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post, Political Columnist during Gaza missile attacks that showed the limits of deterrence by the Iron Dome Systems. Hoffman said the elections are suddenly about war in the Middle East. It is now a question of who is better able to handle the situation, Prime Minister Netanyahu or his Blue White opponent, former IDF Chief of Staff Gantz. His response to the impact of Trump’s Golan proclamation was nuanced, it had a long build up culminating with Secretary Pompeo presence in Israel to deliver this election gift. It was a matter of Netanyahu being politically the most qualified Israeli international leader. Hoffman pointed out that President Trump is very popular in Israel. That was reflected in results of a recent poll that showed 73% of Israelis approved of the President.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back intrepid American author and Middle East war correspondent, Ken Timmerman, author, most recently, of “ISIS begins; a novel of the Iraq War” to address the threat to Israel and the Middle East of Islamist hegemonic Iran. As we banter with Timmerman engaging in some Purim Shpiel, the revelations from his interview are deadly serious. We noted that the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai is in Hamadan, Iran
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dilliman Abdulbaker, Kurdistan Project Director of Washington, DC-based Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) for an update on the looming fall of the last slice of the self-declared Caliphate held by diehard ISIS fighters in Baghouz, Syria. Abdulbaker presented a cautiously optimistic picture of US Congressional awareness of the problems faced by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) as upwards of 30,000 ISIS fighters have fled Syria for Iraq. Others have inserted themselves in the streams of 50,000 refugees fleeing to the Al-Hol UN High Commission Refuge Camp in northeastern Syria placing an additional burden on SDF and remaining US forces in Syria screening for possible sleeper cells.
Beyond the Matrix interview Gil Hoffman, political columnist of the Jerusalem Post discuss the corruption charges brought against Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu. Polls show a virtual dead heat with the Blue White alliance at 41 percent, the Likud-led coalition at 40%.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon of Israel News Talk Radio – Beyond the Matrix, bring back American ex-pat and writer based in Paris to update the popular insurrection of the French gilets jaune, “Yellow Vests”. She had revealed that this wasn’t a populist movement. On the surface it was a demand for greater purchasing power on the part of an aggrieved minority.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview Diliman Abdulkader, Director of the Kurdistan Project of the Washington, DC-based Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) on resolution of the impasse on protection of Syrian Kurdish allies in the wake of President Trump’s mid -December call for withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview former Chadian Lt. General Abakar M. Abdallah, a native of Darfur and Chairman of Sudan United Movement. He is the co-author of “Genocide in Sudan: Caliphate Threatens Africa and the World” with Gordon and colleague Deborah Martin.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Ken Timmerman, veteran Iran and Middle east watcher, New York best-selling author of "ISIS Begins". Timmerman is a renowned investigative journalist with access to the Trump national security team that antedated the current Administration. In this fast-paced conversation interspersed with banter, we address the conundrum of Trump’s withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan, truculent relations with the US intelligence community over threats from Iran, North Korea and Turkey to the Kurds in Syria and Israel. We noted the comment of Lenny Ben-David former high ranking diplomat with the Israeli Embassy in Washington, now with the JCPA in a recent Jerusalem Post commentary on this issue saying: "[Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo and [National Security Adviser John] Bolton [who both recently met with Netanyahu] see the need for U.S. troops to be in Syria, period”
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview Dr. Stephen Bryen, former Reagan era Defense Official, premier military technology expert and columnist for the Asia Times. Kit is an important and engrossing discussion on a wide range of both Israeli and US missile defense issues. We delve into why the US Army and Navy are purchasing the jointly developed Rafael/Raytheon Iron Dome system that successfully destroyed an Iranian Surface to Surface Missile aimed at the Golan.
Listen to Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon as they interview Dr. Sherkoh Abbas President of the Kurdish National Assembly as they delve into the dynamics of the Syrian conflict pitting Russia, Turkey and Iran against the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State and Kurdish allies who have valiantly defeated ISIS, Al Qaeda and jihadist terrorists, freeing and safeguarding minorities.
Rod Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Rabbi Jonathan Hausman of Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Listen to the riveting discussion about the disturbing views of some progressive members of the Democratic majority in the 116th Congress with patently anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views in favor of BDS aligned with the notorious Nation of Islam leader Rev.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview noted investigative journalist, veteran Iran watcher and author of “ISS Begins” and other acclaimed books and articles, Kenneth R. Timmerman. We discuss the real story behind the controversy created by President Trump’s withdrawal order in the wake of a recent White House meeting with Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham. The objectives of US strategy remain the defeat of ISIS, protection of Kurdish allies and thwarting Iran’s completion of a Shi’ite land bridge to the Mediterranean that threatens allies Israel and Jordan.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dr. Harold Rhode, the savior of the Iraqi Jewish archives to reveal the Chinese fascination with Jews and Israel and China’s Muslim Uighur connection to Turkey. Rhode was a veteran Turkish and Islamic Affairs expert at the Office of Net Assessment- think tank in the Office of Secretary of Defense. Rhode has lectured in China five times in recent years about the Israel and Jewish way of thinking because, as he puts it, the Chinese believe Jews and Israel think out of the box. . . READ MORE
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dan Diker, Director of the Countering Political Warfare Project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs to address potentially significant developments in relations between Israel and Arab neighbors in the Middle East and predominately Muslim nations in the strategic Sahel Region of Central Africa.