On GPS this week, a truly global show: Guests on Israel and Iran, the Arab Spring, the Euro Zone crisis, and Fareed's take on China.
First, Fareed asks Israeli Defense Minister (and former Prime Minister) Ehud Barak whether Israel is planning a pre-emptive strike on Iran. Then, a political scientist who uses game theory to predict when a dictator will fall: A conversation with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita.
And finally, Fareed’s visit to London: He has a special panel discussion with three British thinkers: Former Foreign Minister David Miliband, the Financial Time's Chief Economics Commentator Martin Wolf, and the Editor of Prospect Magazine Bronwen Maddox.
Ehud Barak on whether Israel will attack Iran
Fareed Zakaria: I have to ask you the question on everyone’s mind: is Israel going to attack Iran?
Ehud Barak: I don’t think that that is a subject for public discussion. But I can tell you that the IAEA report has a sobering impact on many in the world, leaders as well as the publics, and people understand that the time has come. Amano told straightly what he found, unlike Baradei, and it became a major issue that I think duly so, becomes a major issue for sanctions, for intensive diplomacy, with urgency. People understand now that Iran is determined to reach nuclear weapons. No other possible or conceivable explanation for what they have been actually doing. And that should be stopped.
Ehud Barak President Obama's support for Israel
Fareed Zakaria: You know that there are people in the United States who’ve criticized President Obama for not supporting Israel strongly enough. Do you believe that President Obama is a very strong supporter of Israel?
Ehud Barak: He is extremely strong supporter of Israel in regard to its security. Traditionally, the president will support Israel in keeping its collective military edge and taking care of its security needs. But this administration is excelling in this. And it could not have happened without the immediate direct support of the president. So I don’t think that anyone can raise any question mark about the devotion of this president to the security of Israel.
Former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband on British austerity
Fareed Zakaria: When you look at what is happening in Britain, we in the United States are particularly interested, because you preemptively cut your budget, raised taxes in a way to assure markets that Britain was in good fiscal shape. What do you think the result of that experiment has been?
David Milliband: Well, it's a pretty clear laboratory experiment that if you strangle an economy, it stops growing. And we've grown, as an economy, by 0.6 percent in this calendar year. Our economy is still below the level it was in 2008. We've got a smaller economy than we had then. And I think what the government has done is instead of just taking their foot off the fiscal accelerator, they have slammed on the brakes.
Watch the full interview and much more on the Global Public Square, Sunday at 10a and 1p Eastern on CNN.