Shifting Roles in the Middle East: What’s Next for Israel after the Iran Nuclear Deal

Michael Wilner–Washington Bureau Chief, The Jerusalem Post–joins Stephen to discuss Israel and the Middle East

Allan Gale

This summer the United States and five other world powers reached an agreement with Iran which curbs their nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions. Despite the agreement being a watershed moment for the U.S. and Iran, it was controversial both domestically and abroad. One of the staunchest opponents to the deal was Israel. Joining Stephen on “Detroit Today” to discuss Israel’s position in the Middle East is Michael Wilner, Washington Bureau Chief for The Jerusalem Post.

Highlights from the conversation

  • Ongoing Interest in the Middle East: Wilner says there isn’t a place on earth where there isn’t an interest in what’s happening in the Middle East. He says Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have both said that it’s a topic of conversation that frequently comes up on all of their travels.
  • Israel’s Concerns about the Iranian Nuclear Deal: Wilner says the potential threats that could be posed by Iran to Isreal are fundamentally different than the threats posed to the United States. He says while Iran and Israel do not border each other, their relative proximity plays a crucial role with, “Iranian generals on Israel’s border operating in Syria.” 

To hear their entire conversation, click on the audio player above.