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.
The conflict in Syria sends thousands seeking refuge beyond their country's borders. They will now spend the Holy month of Ramadan far from home. Also in the news this week, ultra-Orthodox Jews are currently exempt from military service in Israel. But could that be about to change? And we take to you a new all-female TV channel in Egypt, where a strict dress code applies for its employees.
'The Week in the Middle East' looks at how Israel's new government gets down to business; the internal challenges facing the country's new PM; the plight of Palestinians living in occupied territories; and MTV, Islam style.
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.