It took The Forward’s Larry Cohler-Esses two years to get a journalist’s visa to enter Iran. He became the first journalist from an American Jewish publication to be given an Iranian visa since 1979. While reporting in Iran, Esses was required to use a government approved fixer to set up his interviews but he says he was able to choose who he wanted to interview. He wrote about his trip in a recent article, “A Jewish Journalist’s Exclusive Look Inside Iran.” Esses joins us to tell about his trip and what he learned about the country’s attitudes towards Israel, Jews and the West.
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