Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing: Your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.
Today’s panel comprises senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and health reporter Nathan Jeffay, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
With the death of Prince Philip at age 99 over the weekend, we open today’s show with a look at the late Duke of Edinburgh’s relationship with Israel, the resting place of his mother, and how his 1994 visit to the Holy Land broke a royal taboo.
We then move to an update on the latest virus and vaccine developments in Israel. Is the country on its way to herd immunity? Can life return to normal now? What of the plans to vaccinate children and the current status of Israeli schoolkids?
While Israel is still charging ahead with its vaccination program, a political spat risks causing the supply of shots to dry up. We try to understand the government’s secrecy over its dealings with Pfizer and who is to blame for the uncertainty regarding continued vaccine supplies.
What of the negotiations to form a new government? We take a look at the latest talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yamina head Naftali Bennett and the current ponderings of the professional punditry.
And finally, as the political arena continues to shake with uncertainty, some MKs in Likud are positioning themselves for the day after Netanyahu. We focus on one who polls think may be on the way to the top.
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