Political and social events from the Middle East. The program is recorded under live conditions with exclusive reports and interviews, hosted by Tom Burges Watson. Watch the show on FRANCE 24 Mondays at 6.40 pm Paris time.
Our reporters in Egypt meet with the family of a victim of last weekend's violence. Coptic activist Mina Daniel was killed in clashes between protesters and the army. Also, a deal is reached for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. He will be freed in a swap for over 1000 Palestinian prisoners. Finally, Palestinians estimate that Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza are costing them nearly 7 billion dollars a year.
In this edition: Israel's patchwork government unites in defiance of a menacing Iran; al Qaeda prisoners wait for their release in Iraqi jails; and Lebanon's Hezbollah pays for the rebuilding of Beirut.
In this edition: Israelis start questioning the behaviour of their armed forces during the war in Gaza; Ehud Barak leads Labor into a big gamble; slim pickings for Egyptian cotton farmers; and Lebanon's pink taxis for women only.
This Week in the Middle East explains the controversy about strict Israeli marriage laws, takes a closer look at Hillary Clinton's visit to the region and shows an Egyptian version of the 'Star Academy' TV show - only for men.