Al-Monitor Newsmaker Interviews


Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin stands next to New York Yankees former pitcher Mariano Rivera as they listen to a tour guide during a visit to the Tower of David in Jerusalem's Old City, June 18, 2015.  (photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

How long will Bibi's government last?

Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2016 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist

In an interview, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin explained the political maneuvering to stabilize the government that turned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Avigdor Liberman and away from the Zionist Camp.

Are Hamas, Egypt nearing reconciliation?

Thursday, Jun. 2, 2016 | Iyad Qatrawi, Contributor

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri spoke about the improvements in Hamas-Egyptian ties and other Palestinian issues.

Hamas leader: We made Gaza security oasis

Thursday, Jun. 2, 2016 | Mohammed Othman, Contributor

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Ziad al-Zaza, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, addressed several internal and foreign issues, including Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Israel and Palestinian legislative elections.

Turkish ambassador calls joining EU Ankara’s 'strategic objective'

Wednesday, May. 18, 2016 | Denis Simonneau, Contributor

In a wide-ranging interview with Al-Monitor, Turkish Ambassador to France Hakki Akil discussed Turkey’s perspectives on a safe zone in Syria, the migration crisis, Turkey’s progress toward EU membership, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Russian intervention in Syria and the possibility of international intervention in Libya.

Central Bank governor: Iran expects access to US financial system

Friday, Apr. 15, 2016 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Iranian Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif said Iran has made economic progress even before the lifting of sanctions and invited American companies to compete with Europeans in trading with and investing in Iran.

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