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Welcome to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing: Your update on what’s important in Israel, the Middle East and The Jewish World.

    Day 140 - Knesset chaos over MK impeachment, haredi draft

    Day 140 - Knesset chaos over MK impeachment, haredi draft

    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

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    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)
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    Day 139 - Politics at play as Gantz talks possible hostage deal

    Day 139 - Politics at play as Gantz talks possible hostage deal

    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

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    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)
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    Day 138 - Israel in the dock at World Court over 'apartheid'

    Day 138 - Israel in the dock at World Court over 'apartheid'

    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

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    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)
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    Day 137 - Ceasefire's many meanings at UN Security Council vote

    Day 137 - Ceasefire's many meanings at UN Security Council vote

    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

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    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)
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    • 21 min
    Day 136 - Is Israel ready to fight a war in the north?

    Day 136 - Is Israel ready to fight a war in the north?

    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

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    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)
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    • 21 min
    Day 135 - Exodus into Egypt: Where will civilians in Rafah go?

    Day 135 - Exodus into Egypt: Where will civilians in Rafah go?

    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

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    IMAGE: Internally displaced Palestinians in the Gaza Strip shelter near the border fence with Egypt in Rafah, January 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
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    • 18 min

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