Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
As the Israel-Palestine conflict rumbles on, there appears to be an increasing number of stakeholders in any potential solution. Throughout this month –Becky sat down with a number of the main players in Jerusalem, Ankara, Ramallah and Doha to find out whether or not there's any way out of this perpetual cycle of violence.
Qatar has emerged as one of the key players in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Doha is hosting Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal and, along with Turkey, is the only regional actor that speaks to the group. That's led to a number of high-ranking Israeli politicians, including outgoing President Shimon Peres, to directly accuse Doha of sponsoring terrorism. Becky sat down for an exclusive interview with Foreign Minster Khali Al-Attiyah to get Qatar's response.
Throughout our #CTWLiveFrom tour across the Middle East we've been keen to show you the unknown sides of the cities we've visited through the eyes of those who live there and know them best. Bahi Ghubril was our ideal candidate in the Lebanese capital Beirut. He's the publisher of the city's first street atlas, Zawarib, and has been exploring the hidden gems of the city for years.
@YazanHalwani is a Lebanese street artist who combines Arabic calligraphy with modern graffiti to create stunning street murals on walls across Beirut. His work is inherently political as it challenges the dominant narratives of the city's public spheres.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas comes at a time when there are many unresolved crises roiling across the region. From the ongoing civil war in Syria to the rise of ISIS in Iraq, this is a region on the brink. Becky sat down with Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut to find out how he views what's happening in his neighbourhood and how his government plans to deal with the myriad security challenges it faces.