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.
Palestinian UN success: Abbas returns home to hero's welcome
Mahmoud Abbas is hailed a hero at home after winning upgraded non-member observer status for Palestine at the UN. Next, we look at how young revolutionaries in Alexandria in Egypt are questioning their traditional support for the Muslim Brotherhood. And staying in Egypt, we go to Cairo where the annual film festival is causing controversy among filmmakers.
'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.