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Hard Talk: Dan Meridor

November 24, 2016 22:56

In "Hard Talk" on Radio 4 yesterday Stephen Sackur interviewed Israeli Deputy PM Dan Meridor. The interview is available on BBC iPlayer until 25th August:

iPlayer link

I haven't listened to any interviews with Dan Meridor before, but I thought he came across as very reasonable and handled Sackur's difficult questions well. His English is very good but I noticed that his accent became thicker as he became more passionate, particularly when discussing settlements. He made the very good point that the moratorium only applies to Jews - Arabs are still building where ever they like.

The subjects discussed were:

  • The Flotilla incident (Sackur was trying to get Meridor to express contrition)
  • The settlement moratorium (will it continue?)
  • Gaza (and Cameron's remarks in Turkey)
  • Peace negotiations

Overall I thought it was a very interesting and insightful interview, although it didn't really offer much new. Sackur was confrontational but I thought only in the way interviewers generally are with politicians. I'd be interested in other peoples' opinions.

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November 24, 2016 22:56

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