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Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 142 of the war. Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today's episode. The Israeli Navy’s fleet of missile boats carried out “extensive” exercises, as the military prepares for potential war in the north while Israel warns that its patience for a diplomatic solution is running out. Is this drill performative or is Israel that much closer to war in the north? Early Thursday morning, Israel’s long-range Arrow air defense system shot down a ballistic missile over the Red Sea, fired by the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, the military said. How close was this to Eilat? On Thursday night, the IDF carried out a drone strike against a vehicle in the northern West Bank city of Jenin targeting a Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative reportedly on his way to carry out a terror attack. Fabian speaks about the uptick of airstrikes in the West Bank. This morning, the IDF said troops nabbed several terror operatives who attempted to hide among a group of civilians evacuating from combat zones in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis. We hear how this is an ongoing challenge for the IDF. On Thursday, the IDF’s Home Front Command declared it essentially safe to return to all communities located between four and seven kilometers (2.5-4.3 miles) from the border with Gaza, along with 18 communities even closer to the Strip, including some practically abutting the war-ravaged enclave. What does this tell us about the trajectory of the war in Gaza? For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 25, 2024 Hezbollah fires rockets, drone at Galilee as Israeli jets pounds southern Lebanon Israeli Navy carries out ‘extensive’ drills in preparation for potential war in north Israel’s Arrow intercepts Houthi ballistic missile headed for Eilat IDF says Jenin drone strike kills Islamic Jihad terrorist behind string of shootings IDF presses on with new Gaza City operation, 20 Hamas fighters killed in past day Army okays return to many communities near Gaza, including some where Hamas attacked THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. This episode was produced by the Pod-Waves. IMAGE: Members of the northern town of Katzrin's emergency squad train with the IDF and Israel Police in a joint exercise, Katzrin, Golan Heights on November 20, 2024. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 141 of the war. US bureau chief Jacob Magid joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today's episode.The US is hoping that a hostage release deal and truce can be agreed upon before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. What do we know about the potential framework of the deal from today's talks? On Thursday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented the security cabinet with a document of principles regarding the management of Gaza after the war, aiming to install “local officials” unaffiliated with terrorism to administer services in the Strip instead of Hamas. We hear points from the plan. Following a deadly shooting near the West Banks city of Maale Adumim on Thursday, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced that permits would be released for the building of some 3,000 homes. How did the US react? The Biden administration is readying to issue a second round of sanctions in the coming weeks against Israeli settlers who carried out acts of violence in the West Bank. Who would be affected? Israel has agreed to a new arrangement with the World Food Program rather than the UNRWA relief agency for Palestinian refugees that will allow for a massive American shipment of flour for Gazan civilians to move forward. Magid gives a picture of the conditions on the ground. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 24, 2024 Netanyahu presents post-war plan to cabinet, aims for ‘local officials’ to govern Gaza US revives policy deeming settlements illegal, pans Israel’s plan for 3,000 new homes US readying to issue 2nd round of settler sanctions in coming weeks — sources Israel agrees to finally release American flour shipment for Gaza, says US official ‘Hunger is killing us’: Gazans increasingly desperate amid growing humanitarian crisis THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 19, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 140 of the war. Political correspondent Sam Sokol joins host Jessica Steinberg. Sokol discusses the failed impeachment effort of Hadash-Ta'al lawmaker Ofer Cassif, who had supported the South African accusation of Israeli genocide in Gaza, he describes the heated debate in the Knesset and the reasons why it failed. He also looks at opposition leader Yair Lapid beginning an extensive legislation process regarding the draft of ultra-Orthodox community during the ongoing war. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 23, 2024 Bid to oust MK Ofer Cassif over backing for ICJ genocide case falls short in Knesset Lapid advances bill to enlist ultra-Orthodox, demanding they share IDF burden THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Ultra-Orthodox soldiers attend a swearing-in ceremony as they enter the IDF 'Nahal Haredi' unit, at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on May 26, 2012 (Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 139 of the war. Zman Yisrael editor-in-chief Biranit Goren and health reporter Renee Ghert-Zand join host Jessica Steinberg. Goren discusses Wednesday night press conference by war cabinet member MK Benny Gantz about a possible hostage deal, what details it may include and why it was Gantz and not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking about it.  Goren also looks at the tensions and differing opinions in the war cabinet and the power plays at work among that group of politicians. Ghert-Zand talks about the predicted 30,000 Israelis who will probably suffer from PTSD in Israel after the attacks of October 7 and the ongoing war, and how psychologists and therapists plan on tackling that issue. She also discusses Ram 2, the IDF medical unit that operates inside Israeli hospitals as a kind of separate military wing for injured soldiers. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 22, 2024 Gantz sees signs of progress on hostage deal, warns of looming Rafah op during Ramadan October 7 and war trauma will lead to at least 30,000 new cases of PTSD, expert says THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: War cabinet minister Benny Gantz speaks at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem on February 18, 2024 (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 138 of the war. Reporters Jeremy Sharon and Canaan Lidor join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today's episode. Monday saw the start of six days of hearings in The Hague’s International Court of Justice over the UN General Assembly’s request for an advisory opinion by the ICJ on the “legal consequences” of Israel’s 56-year rule in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. We hear what has been said so far. Israel Judicial Selection Committee met -- and appointed judges -- for the first time in nearly two years. Sharon explains why the two slots on the Supreme Court remain unfilled. A Palestinian artist who has in the past exhibited with renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was arrested on last week during a search conducted by an IDF reservist battalion looking for weapons in a West Bank Bedouin village. Sharon delves into the case and shares why this is hardly an isolated case. Lidor was in Kiryat Shmona yesterday, just along Israel's border with Lebanon. Within the evacuated city, several stalwarts remain. Who are they? Earlier in the week, Lidor accompanied the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations umbrella group’s first delegation to the south of Israel since October 7 and wrote about Eran Masas. Hear why his heroic story had the entire group crying. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 21, 2024 At World Court, South Africa says Israeli ‘apartheid’ surpasses its own sordid past Israel accused of repressing basic Palestinian freedoms in ICJ hearing on West Bank rule Palestinian artist who exhibited with Ai Weiwei arrested during IDF West Bank search In Safed, a deadly rocket salvo fails to rattle deeply rooted residents On Oct. 7 killing grounds, a vigilante army vet inspires grieving US Jewish leaders THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: A Palestinian flag flies outside the United Nations' highest court, rear, during historic hearings in The Hague, Netherlands, February 21, 2024, into the legality of Israel's 57-year occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 137 of the war. Editor David Horovitz joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today's episode in our Jerusalem offices. The United Nations Security Council has scheduled a vote at 10 a.m. local time in New York (5 p.m. in Israel) for a resolution pushed by Arab nations demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. At the same time, the United States has proposed a rival draft of the resolution that would underscore the body’s “support for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza as soon as practicable, based on the formula of all hostages being released.” Horovitz delves into the nuance behind uses of the term "ceasefire" by world leaders. Opposition leader Yair Lapid submitted a new version of a draft law under which those who evade military or civil service will no longer be eligible for state funding. While there are signs that even members of the coalition are against the current legislation lengthening IDF regular and reserve service, will this new bill move forward? Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara reportedly cautioned against a proposal by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir to impose age limitations on Arab Israelis who wish to pray at the Al-Aqsa compound atop the Temple Mount during Ramadan, saying that such a step would likely face legal obstacles. Horovitz speculates on rumors that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also on board with restricting Arab citizens' freedom of worship. On Monday, the IDF released what it said was recently discovered footage showing mother Shiri Bibas and her two very young red-headed children surrounded by gunmen in the Gaza Strip hours after they were abducted by Hamas-led terrorists on October 7. Horovitz tells us what we know of the family's fate.For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 20, 2024 US proposes Security Council resolution backing temporary ceasefire to stymie Rafah push Arabs push UN vote on immediate Gaza humanitarian ceasefire despite surefire US veto Lapid advances bill to enlist ultra-Orthodox, demanding they share IDF burden AG said to oppose broad Ramadan limits on Temple Mount access for Arab Israelis IDF finds video of Bibas family in Gaza, ‘very concerned’ for mother, youngest hostages THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: File - The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the situation in the Middle East at UN headquarters in New York on January 23, 2024. (Charly Triballeau / AFP)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 136 of the war. Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today's episode. Last night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke in front of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem. On Saturday night, Berman also attended a press conference in Jerusalem with the prime minister. Was the messaging the same or different in the two events? On Sunday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva compared Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza to the Holocaust, saying Israel was committing “genocide” against Palestinian civilians in the Strip and saying the only historical equivalent was “when Hitler decided to kill the Jews.” He made these remarks in front of an African Union summit. How did the setting played into his statements? The Palestinian Authority is may hold unity talks with Hamas in Moscow on February 26, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Sunday. What is Russia’s interest in holding this summit? Netanyahu sided on Sunday with far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir on Sunday, endorsing restrictions on Arab Israelis’ access to Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount during Ramadan. How will Hamas weaponize the optics of Israeli citizens being restricted from the holy site? And finally, Berman gives in-depth analysis into why Israel is not ready to fight another front in the north, and what factors need to change to allow it. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 19, 2024 Addressing US Jewish leaders on Gaza war, PM says: ‘We have to finish the job’ Netanyahu: Those telling us not to enter Rafah are essentially saying ‘lose the war’ Israel livid as Brazil’s Lula says Israel like ‘Hitler,’ committing genocide in Gaza Calling for ‘Palestinian unity,’ PA premier urges Hamas to attend Moscow meet Reports: Siding with Ben Gvir, PM plans to limit Arab Israeli Al-Aqsa access on Ramadan THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Israeli reserve soldiers from the Nachal brigade take part in a military drill in the Golan Heights, northern Israel, February 13, 2024. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 135 of the war. Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today's episode. While the world is watching to see if Israel will launch a Rafah operation, two Hamas battalions still stand in central Gaza and may be higher in the IDF's priorities. Fabian weighs in on apparent preparations. Since Thursday, the IDF has been operating in a hospital in Khan Younis. What has the IDF told of its operations there? On Friday, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant publicly revealed the identities of 12 UNRWA staff members who Israel says “actively participated” in the Hamas-led October 7 onslaught on southern Israel. We’re also hearing that some 30 more were involved. What does Fabian know? Egypt has reportedly been preparing an area at the Gaza border that could accommodate Palestinians in case an Israeli military offensive into Rafah prompts an exodus across the frontier. Sources described this as a contingency move. So what is plan A? Lebanon’s official National News Agency reported that the southern town of Beit Lif is undergoing Israeli artillery shelling. Also today, the IDF said it carried out airstrikes against Hezbollah positions in the south Lebanon’s village of Yaroun. We hear what is the impetus of these strikes. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 18, 2024 Israel reveals 12 UNRWA staffers it says took part in Oct. 7, says 30 more assisted What Matters Now to Haviv Rettig Gur: UNRWA’s problem isn’t the terrorists in its ranks Troops raid Gaza hospital in hunt for remains of hostages, nab dozens of terror suspects Senior Hezbollah commander and deputy killed in targeted IDF strike in south Lebanon THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Internally displaced Palestinians in the Gaza Strip shelter near the border fence with Egypt in Rafah, January 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 134 of the war. US bureau chief Jacob Magid joins host Jessica Steinberg for today's episode. On Friday, US President Joe Biden appeared to caution Israel against launching an operation in Rafah while hostage negotiations were ongoing, in his administration’s latest warning over an Israeli offensive in the southern Gaza city. What does this mean?  Is US President Joe Biden distancing himself from Israel, as the war in Gaza progresses through its fifth month with no immediate end in sight? Magid weighs in. A corporation owned by a settlement municipality signed a contract with one of the Israelis who has been sanctioned by Washington, which could put the government body at risk of being cut off from the US financial system. We hear about this complicated situation. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 16, 2024 Biden says doesn’t expect Israel to launch Rafah operation as hostage talks continue Biden’s foul-mouthed opinion of Netanyahu a bad $#%! sign, but Israel support endures Contract signed with sanctioned Israeli exposes settler municipality to US sanctions THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Screen capture from the Givechak website of the crowd funding campaign for Yinon Levi, the founder of the illegal Meitarim Farm West Bank outpost after he was put on a US sanctions list. (Screen capture, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 133 of the war. Political correspondent Tal Schneider and culture editor Jessica Steinberg join host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today's episode. Amid growing tensions between the two leaders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden again spoke by phone for 40 minutes Thursday evening, talking about the hostages taken during the October 7 onslaught, Rafah and the next stage in the fight against Hamas, and touched on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. After the call, Netanyahu released a statement in the middle of the night insisting that Israel will not be pressured into accepting a Palestinian state. Schneider weighs in on why he felt the need to release this statement. On Wednesday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out sending an Israeli delegation for further hostage negotiations in Cairo. He apparently made this decision without consulting the war cabinet. Has there been any political blowback from Netanyahu taking this unilateral decision? As the fear for their loved ones' safety grows, the hostages’ families are ramping up their efforts to bring global attention to their plight. Steinberg delves into some of the recent campaigns. Schneider conducted a special project and turned to all 120 members of Knesset to hear their thoughts on the issue of ultra-Orthodox conscription. Did she find anything surprising? Steinberg recently returned from the east coast of the United States where she spoke to numerous Jewish communities. What was her sense of how the Israel-Hamas war is affecting them? For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 16, 2024 Netanyahu and Biden speak as divides sharpen on Palestinian state, Rafah operation Hoping to jar world leaders, hostage’s cousin rebuilds captivity in virtual reality ‘What if they were your children?’: Families demand cabinet return to Cairo talks THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen during a discussion and a vote on the state budget at the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, February 7, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 132 of the war. Editor David Horovitz joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan in the Jerusalem office for today's episode. Yesterday, Germany and France expressed opposition to a planned Israeli offensive on Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah. At the same time, Spain and Ireland asked the European Union to “urgently” examine whether Israel is complying with its human rights obligations in Gaza under an accord linking rights to trade ties. After Netanyahu called off Israel’s participation in the Cairo hostage negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Hamas to move forward on a deal with Israel to save the Gaza Strip from Israel’s military offensive. Why is Abbas speaking up now? Israel has released initial indications that the IDF intends to set up coastal tent camps to which civilians will be evacuated from Rafah; other plans include moving civilians from Rafah to Khan Younis once the major fighting in that area has been completed. We hear more. Today The Washington Post published an in-depth article about a “timeline for a Palestinian state,” which would include "the withdrawal of many, if not all, settler communities on the West Bank; a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem; the reconstruction of Gaza; and security and governance arrangements for a combined West Bank and Gaza.” What does Horovitz make of this? Yesterday, Horovitz wrote in an op-ed, "The war in Gaza is far from over. The potential for war in the north is growing day by day." In this tit-for-tat conflict across the border, what would potentially be Israel's redline? For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 15, 2024 Sooner or later, the IDF will enter Rafah. It may have to fight on northern border, too Spain, Ireland ask EU to probe if Israel violating human rights in Gaza PM vetoes further Cairo negotiations on hostages; war cabinet reportedly not consulted Germany, France fear ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Rafah; PM vows to press ahead US, Arab allies reportedly set to propose Palestinian statehood plan within weeks Abbas urges Hamas to seal agreement with Israel now to head off another ‘Nakba’ THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel demonstrators display signs while marching during a protest held to call for a cease fire in the war in Gaza, February 11, 2024, in Braintree, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 131 of the war. Tech editor Sharon Wrobel and health reporter Renee Ghert-Zand join host Jessica Steinberg. Wrobel speaks about strong reactions from the central bank and Israeli business leaders who are calling on the government to rethink its spending after Moody’s rating agency lowered Israel’s credit rating on Friday. Ghert-Zand discusses images of medications found in an IDF video of a major Hamas tunnel, and whether those may have been given to hostages known to have been kept in that tunnel. Wrobel describes a new overland route being used without fanfare by Israeli importers through Saudi Arabia and Jordan, as they try to avoid the Yemeni Houthi attacks on the Red Sea. Ghert-Zand talks about a newly released book about Jewish weddings around the world, with varying customs and traditions. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 14, 2024 Central bank chief appeals to government to take action after Moody’s downgrade After Moody’s downgrade, government urged to rethink wartime budget priorities Footage shows medication packages in Gaza tunnel where hostages were held Houthi bypass: Quietly, goods forge overland path to Israel via Saudi Arabia, Jordan THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron attends Knesset Finance Committee meeting on January 30, 2024 (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 130 of the war. Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren and legal affairs reporter Jeremy Sharon join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today's episode. Deep under the Red Sea there are undersea cables that provide the internet and communications to many part of Asia, East Africa and the Middle East. Now, apparently these cables are a target by the Houthis. Goren fills us in. France has delivered a written proposal to Beirut aimed at ending hostilities with Israel and settling the disputed Lebanon-Israel frontier that calls for Hezbollah and other groups to withdraw 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the border. Goren explains the pluses and minuses for both sides. Yesterday, two Palestinians were shot and injured, and a pair of vehicles and a home were torched during violent settler attacks in the northern West Bank. In a later incident in the nearby village of Huwara, a truck belonging to a Palestinian was also set alight by settlers. Sharon fills us in on an uptick of settler violence since October 7. Preparations for nationwide municipal elections are in full swing ahead of election day on February 27, but 12 municipal authorities will not vote on that date since their inhabitants have been evacuated due to the current conflicts with Hamas and Hezbollah. We hear about the arrangements for soldiers, as well as other security concerns. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 13, 2024 France proposes Israel-Lebanon truce deal pushing Hezbollah 10 km from border Settlers reportedly shoot two Palestinians, torch cars in latest West Bank attacks With ballot boxes for troops in Gaza, Israel readies for local elections in wartime THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: File - Houthi fighters march during a rally of support for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and against the US strikes on Yemen outside Sanaa on January 22, 2024. (AP Photo)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 129 of the war. Military reporter Emanuel Fabian and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today's episode. In a complex overnight operation, Israeli special forces rescued two hostages from Hamas captivity in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early Monday, marking the first successful extraction of captives held by the terror group in months. The released hostages are Fernando Simon Marman, 61, and Norberto Louis Har, 70, who were abducted with Marman’s two sisters and niece. We hear about their status and the mission. Berman weighs in on whether this rescue mission could influence any hostage negotiations? We hear about Berman's in-depth look at the tangled knot that is the Rafah operation and how the US-Israel relationship may be fraying. We hear about how the Super Bowl was used as a platform by Israel and pro-Israel organizations to attempt to win over the hearts and minds of Americans. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 12, 2024 IDF rescues 2 hostages from south Gaza’s Rafah in daring nighttime operation Mossad, Shin Bet chiefs reportedly to hold Cairo hostage talks if Hamas eases demands Biden tells Netanyahu: Don’t press into Rafah without ‘credible’ plan for civilians Netanyahu: US response to attack like Oct. 7 would be ‘at least as strong’ as Israel’s Key to toppling Hamas, Rafah now a far bigger challenge for Israel than it needed to be Super Bowl ad on antisemitism features ‘I Have A Dream’ speechwriter Clarence Jones THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Louis Har (L) and Fernando Marman reuniting with their loved ones, at Sheba Medical Center, February 12, 2024 (IDF Spokesperson)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 128 of the war. Military reporter Emanuel Fabian joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today's episode. A subterranean data center — complete with an electrical room, industrial battery power banks and living quarters for Hamas terrorists operating the computer servers — was discovered beneath the Gaza Strip headquarters of the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees, the controversial aid organization known commonly as UNRWA. Is it possible the NGO was kept in the dark? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the IDF to evacuate the 1.3 million Palestinian population currently sheltering in Rafah, the next goal in the IDF's ongoing ground campaign. Where are they meant to go? For two days in a row, huge barrages of rockets came from Lebanon late last week. . What were these strikes in retaliation to? The IDF has presented its investigation into the death of hostage Yossi Sharabi in the Gaza Strip to his family. We hear conclusions and also information regarding two other hostages. A Bedouin Israeli who crossed into the Gaza Strip in 2016 and joined the Hamas terror group has been indicted after IDF troops detained him in December as he was trying to cross back into Israel, the Justice Ministry revealed on Friday. Fabian fills us in. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 11, 2024 Directly beneath UNRWA’s Gaza headquarters, IDF uncovers top secret Hamas data center UNRWA head says agency was in dark about Hamas center under Gaza HQ; Israel: ‘You knew’ IDF reveals Gaza tunnel, previously used by Hamas officials, with cell for hostages PM says IDF must operate in Rafah, but will let civilians evacuate first Hezbollah fires dozens of rockets at northern towns, 2nd such barrage in as many days Top Hamas official in Lebanon survives alleged Israeli strike; 3 others killed IDF: Hostage Yossi Sharabi was likely killed as a result of IDF strike Bedouin Israeli who joined Hamas in Gaza in 2016 arrested trying to return to Israel THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. Check out the previous Daily Briefing episode: https://omny.fm/shows/the-daily-briefing/day-127-is-time-running-out-for-us-support-for-gaz IMAGE: A subterranean Hamas data center underneath UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza City, February 8, 2024. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 127 of the war. Editor David Horovitz and US bureau chief Jacob Magid join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today's episode. US President Joe Biden said that the conduct of Israel’s military campaign against Hamas in Gaza was “over the top.” Horovitz puts this statement into the context of others from US officials in recent weeks.  On Thursday, Biden issued a memorandum requiring allies who receive military aid from the US to provide “credible and reliable written assurances” of their adherence to international law including international human rights law. Magid explains why this new policy is targeting Israel, but was also written with Israel's "blessing." In statements today, Saudi Arabia and Egypt warned Israel against carrying on with a massive push into Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, the last Hamas stronghold in the Strip, where more than a million displaced Palestinians are sheltering. Horovitz weighs in on the extremely complicated military and diplomatic operations on the horizon. Despite international calls to defund and shut down UNRWA, replacing the UN’s relief agency for Palestinian refugees in the middle of the Israel-Hamas war would all but end in a humanitarian disaster, according to Andrea De Domenico, who heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian territories. What else did Magid learn? Senior Israeli security officials held a covert meeting with their counterparts from the Palestinian Authority in Tel Aviv this week to discuss efforts to calm tensions in the West Bank and boost its economy ahead of Ramadan. Magid tells us more. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 10, 2024 White House clarifies Biden spoke of Israel when he said Gaza response ‘over the top’ Biden sets new conditions for US military aid amid calls to limit support for Israel PM says IDF must operate in Rafah, but will let civilians evacuate first Netanyahu said to believe Israel has 1 month to finish Rafah operation amid global ire US proposals to fund other agencies instead of UNRWA not viable — senior aid official Israel talks steps to help West Bank economy in covert meeting with PA officials THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: President Joe Biden walks to board Marine One at the White House in Washington, February 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 126 of the war. Environmental correspondent Sue Surkes and Arab affairs reporter Gianluca Pacchiani join host Jessica Steinberg. Surkes discusses the ongoing issue of the ultra-Orthodox community serving in the IDF, particularly as the IDF looks to extend conscription time for enlisted soldiers and reservists as it prepares for a long war in Gaza. She also looks at expectations for the rain-fed crops in the south, where wheat and barley are grown and farmers are concerned about irrigation, even after two weeks of steady rain. Pacchiani talks about a US non-profit organization that is interviewing regular Gazans who are trying to survive the Hamas onslaught and fear for their lives. He also mentions an US-based Iranian-born artist who is creating murals about the Israel-Iranian relationship and putting them up around the country. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 9, 2024 After the October 7 cataclysm, has the Haredi attitude to serving in the IDF changed? Winter showers boost wheat crop, but water worries continue to stalk farmers In Israel, Iranian artist unveils Oct. 7-themed mural honoring Persian-Jewish ties THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on iTunes, Spotify, PlayerFM, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Haredi Jews visit Israeli soldiers to show their support as they deploy at a position near the border with Gaza in southern Israel on October 11, 2023. (Menahem Kahana/AFP) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 125 of the war. Editor David Horovitz joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today's episode. Three press conferences were held Wednesday night with differing messages. We begin by looking at strong statements made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said among other things, "Israelis were dehumanized in the most horrific way on October 7th. The hostages have been dehumanized every day since. But that cannot be a license to dehumanize others." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's press conference was in response to a Hamas "ceasefire" proposal, which he called, “delusional.” He stated that Israel is “within touching distance of absolute victory,” and that Hamas’s defeat will be the “victory of the entire free world.” And finally, five women released from captivity in Gaza during a weeklong truce in late November made an emotional plea, calling on the government to do everything necessary to secure the release of the remaining 136 hostages, saying only that would represent an “absolute victory” for Israel. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 8, 2024 Israel cannot use Oct. 7 as ‘license to dehumanize others,’ Blinken warns in Tel Aviv Don’t ‘dehumanize others’: Full text of presser from Blinken’s 7th wartime Israel visit PM: Absolute victory within reach; surrender to Hamas demands would bring disaster Released hostages tell PM: Only saving remaining captives will be ‘absolute victory’ With IDF hamstrung and Hamas scenting a way out, Netanyahu dodges strategic decisions THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts. Image: File - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken give a press statement after their meeting at the Prime Minister Office in Jerusalem, on January 30, 2023. (Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/POOL)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 124 of the war. Diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman and health reporter Renee Ghert-Zand join host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today's episode. In response to a proposal sent last week by Qatari and Egyptian mediators that was backed by the United States and Israel, Hamas has proposed a three-phase ceasefire plan that lead to an end to the war. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly declared that the war will not end without total victory over Hamas. We hear about the plan and how Israel may respond. Weeks after medicine was delivered to the Gaza Strip for hostages held in Gaza, the countries involved in the complex operation still do not know whether the drugs eventually reached the captives. What is being done and by whom to discover what happened? Argentinian President Javier Milei landed in Israel yesterday to much fanfare and made a bombshell announcement of moving the embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. What else is on his schedule? New research indicates that a quarter of Israelis are experiencing dreams so scary and vivid that they are waking us up in the middle of the night. What else did Ghert-Zand learn from Dr. Udi Bonshtein, chief psychologist at Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya? This war has seen dozens of war widows, many of whom are pregnant. Ahead of Family Day in Israel on Friday, Ghert-Zand looked into a new support organization. For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 7, 2024 Hamas proposes 3-stage 135-day truce and hostage deal, leading to war’s end – reports France seeking ‘verifiable proof’ that medicines reached hostages in Gaza In first bilateral visit, Argentina’s Milei says he will move embassy to Jerusalem Trying to get a good night’s sleep has been a nightmare for many Israelis since Oct. 7 THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: Yahya Sinwar, Hamas's leader in Gaza, gestures on stage during a rally in Gaza City, on May 24, 2021. (Mahmud Hams/ AFP/ File)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Today is Day 123 of the war. Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren and education reporter Gavriel Fiske join host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today's episode. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to fly to Egypt today as part of a Middle East crisis tour seeking a new truce and “an enduring end” to the Israel-Hamas war. However, a political campaign against any deal is getting huge pushback from within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.  Opposition leader Yair Lapid reiterated his offer to enter the government to replace the ultranationalist wing to secure backing for a deal to free hostages still captive in Gaza. Goren explains why this isn't a realistic option for Netanyahu.  At the same time, rumors of increasingly strained relations between the prime minister and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant are increasingly disturbing. Goren describes why. The Israel Defense Forces will hold an early recruitment round in March of some 1,300 Israelis currently enrolled in pre-army, yeshiva, and community service programs. A new grassroots protest movement of mostly mothers is speaking out against the lack of parity between the secular and religious conscripts being called up. Fiske tells us more. Out of some 360,000 reservists called up to the war by the IDF, an estimated 100,000 were enrolled in one of Israel’s major universities — accounting for around 30 percent of all students enrolled for the current academic year. Now that many are released from service, how are they reintegrating? For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog. Discussed articles include: Live blog February 6, 2024 Netanyahu pressured on hostage deal, as Ben Gvir, Smotrich lash out at US IDF confirms 1,300 to be recruited early from pre-army programs Released IDF reservists head back to school, but not everything is a matter of course THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas's onslaught on Israel THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown Subscribe to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts. IMAGE: FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a press conference with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, October 28, 2023. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP, File)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Moshe Wise

Tell John Wick about that dog.

Dec 21st
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Moshe Wise

What does judicial reform have to do with Hamas? Is the show arguing that Hamas attacked because of judicial reform?

Dec 8th
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Moshe Wise

Twenty-somethings ARE adults

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