Rod Reuven Dovid and Jerry Gordon interview Gil Hoffman, chief political analyst and columnist for the Jerusalem Post during his fall tour of the US and Canada. They discuss Israel’s national emergency- the two failures by Prime Minister Netanyahu to form a majority ruling coalition in the Knesset following the April 9th and September 17th, 2019 elections. Now, it is former IDF Chief Benjamin Gantz and his Blue White Alliance turn to see if a national unity government might be formed. But time is running out.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon discuss the superbly executed US special operations raid, that, with Kurdish cooperation and critical intel, bagged the elusive founder of ISIS, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. A separate attack took out ISIS spokesperson and possible successor, Abu Hassan al- Muhajir.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dilliman Abdulkader, a Kurdish policy expert. He is director of external relations at Allegiance Strategies, a Washington, DC -based public affairs consulting firm. He is involved in advocacy for Congressional passage of tough sanctions bi- partisan legislation just as a cease fire “pause” of 120 hours comes to close in northern Syria. The “pause” was concluded with Turkish President Erdogan during a session in Ankara with Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo. The pause has been interrupted with continued fighting between Turkish -supported jihadist Syrian National Army (SNA) militias and elements of the Kurdish YPG-led Syrian Democratic Force. Moreover, there is increasingly evidence of war crimes perpetrated by the jihadist SNA and use of chemical weapons such as white phosphorous. President Trump ordered the redeployment of 1,000 US forces in Syria to bases in Iraq, while abandoning and even bombing former bases in Syria.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dilliman Abdulkader, a Kurdish policy expert. He is director of external relations at Allegiance Strategies, a Washington, DC -based public affairs consulting firm. Abdulkader’s family fled from Kirkuk, Iraq during the Gulf War and spent seven years as a child in the Al-Hol refugee camp in northeastern Syria now filled with 70,000 ISIS fighters and families.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back veteran Iran-watcher, best-selling investigative journalist Ken Timmerman to address the question of has the US lost the Middle East. Background are troubling developments with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Turkey. The bottom line: Iran intends to achieve its goal of controlling the area between the Persian Gulf, Red Sea and the Mediterranean with more than 25% plus of the world’s oil supply while perfecting its Shi’ite objective of surrounding and destroying Israel. As Stephen Bryen has noted in a recent Beyond the Matrix interview the US has “no strategy, no intelligence” and thus appears unable to deal with what Timmerman considers are dire geo-political threats.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dan Diker of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) to discuss important developments in a tumultuous do-over election. Discussions between Gantz of Blue White Alliance and PM Netanyahu of Likud right wing coalition are at a critical impasse with the possibility that Netanyahu might hand in his mandate from President Rivlin. All hinges on critical meeting on October 2nd between Gantz and Netanyahu. The Arab Joint List with 10 mandates ironically endorsed Gantz, a former IDF Chief of Staff. Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu with 8 mandates wants a national secular unity government without Netanyahu leading Likud and right wing religious parties. Liberman is trying to position himself as leader of the secular nationalists to emerge as a possible future PM. Could the do-over election result in other Likud leading political figures contesting for party leadership as rotating PM.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dan Diker to discuss important developments in a tumultuous do-over election. The result is a virtual tie with the Blue White Alliance of Benny Gantz at 44 Knesset mandates versus PM Netanyahu Likud and Right-wing alliance with 55 mandates. The Arab Joint List with 10 mandates that endorsed Gantz and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu with 8 mandates have big chips in unity government negotiations to pass the threshold of 61 mandates with Gantz and Netanyahu as rotating PMs. Liberman is trying to position himself as leader of the secular nationalists to emerge as a possible future PM.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant bring back on 9/11 Dr. Rafael Medoff, Executive Director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. His latest book, “The Jews should be Quiet”: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and the Holocaust unveils new archival evidence of the relationship between FDR and Rabbi Stephen S Wise, leader of the American Jewish Congress and World Jewish , Congress, a Reform Rabbi and an activist Zionist in his youth.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dr. Stephen Bryen, former Reagan era Defense official, premier Washington -based military technology expert and Asia Times columnist. The discussion focused on the technology behind Israeli successes in the recent Shadow War episodes in late August 2019 against Iran’s Quds Force and proxies Hezbollah and Shi’ite Popular Mobilization Forces in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. We also delved into the Russian disastrous test of a nuclear reactor powered missile in the arctic region, race to develop hypersonic missiles and the lack of anti- effective missile defense by the US.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and current sidekick Jerry Gordon bring back former co-host Israel News Talk Radio 'star' Rabbi Ira Michaelson to wax nostalgic about how Beyond the Matrix originally started and the spiritual bond between Rod and Ira. Ira Michaelson introduced Jerry Gordon to Rod Bryant from an interview on a previous weekly national security program on Salem Media where Gordon was producer and co-host. The rest as they say is history.
Rod Bryant and Jerry Gordon interviewed Ben Weinthal, Jerusalem Post’s European correspondent and Research Fellow of Washington, DC-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies on what lies behind Germany’s tilt towards Iran.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview Yaacov Apelbaum, founder and CTO of New York -based XRVision, Ltd, an early stage start up technology company developing adaptive AI video analytics solutions for law enforcement, security, and intelligence applications called the Sentinel AI. This is the future of visual intelligence.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon bring back Dexter Van Zile of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) to discuss a conservative Catholic E. Michael Jones extolling Jew hatred and racism via the internet misleading young millennials. Even more dangerous is that Jones has consorted with the like of white supremacist David Duke.
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. At issue is will the US honor its commitments to protect this ally in the wake of the hard-fought campaign against self- proclaimed ISIS caliphate in Syria and threats from Turkey to establish so-called safe zones in the Kurdish control area.
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interview Dexter Van Zile who reveals “stone cold Jew haters” - purveyors of vile anti-Zionist, Anti-Israel messaging that also targets the Jewish nation’s Christian Evangelical Zionist supporters. Van Zile is the Christian Media Analyst for CAMERA – the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).
Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon interviewed 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. On Saturday, July 20th, Israeli PM Netanyahu will become the Jewish nation’s longest serving Prime Minister.
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.