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.
In this special edition we focus on the prisoner swap in which Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit walked free in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. We talk you through the key moments of his release. Also, our reporter meets the family of a former Palestinian detainee as they are reunited with their son. Finally, we examine the political impact of this deal and look at who stands to gain the most from it.
France 24 investigates prostitution in the Gulf Emirates, and why Iraq's big oil auction didn't go as planned. Also the buzz surrounding French President Nicolas Sarkozy's alleged call for the head of Israel's anti-Arab foreign minister.
This week: a trip inside the struggling Israeli diamond business, an industry that makes up a quarter of the country's exports. Also, the Shiah-led Hezbollah are poised to gain ground at the upcoming elections thanks to Christian voters.