November 27 - An Israeli Dove on the Peace Accords with Iran; A Response from a Former Advisor to Israeli PM Shamir; Methane Emisions are 50 Percent Higher than the EPA’s Estimates

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We begin with Israeli reactions to the P5+1 deal with Iran and speak first with a liberal analyst and then a conservative former Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzak Shamir. Jerusalem-based historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg joins us to provide a critique of the Prime Minister’s condemnation of the agreement which Netanyahu calls an historic mistake. And we will also discuss Gershom’s article at the American Prospect “Bibi’s Agreement Anxiety Disorder".  

 

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Then we speak with Dr. Josef Olmert the former Director of the Government Press Office and Advisor to former Prime Minister Shamir. He has an article at The Huffington Post “The Iranian Agreement: A Possible Realignment of Middle East Politics” and we discuss Israeli’s concerns that the more moderate face of the new leader Rouhani, disguises the hardline reality of the Supreme Leader’s anti-Israeli views that echo the extreme positions of the former Iranian president Ahmadinejad.

 
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Then finally we examine a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that finds U.S. emissions of the potent global-warming gas methane are 50% higher than EPA government estimates. The co-author of the study Anna Michalak, a Professor at Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences, joins us to discuss the increased amount of methane, that is 21 times worse than CO2, coming from agriculture and oil and gas production, that does not include recent data from fracking and other new drilling. anna michalak