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Daily Briefing Apr. 15: Day 192 – Could regional help in thwarting Iran shift global axis?

Diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman weighs in on how Israel’s inclusion in Centcom since 2021 allowed for the cooperative ties and trust that were needed to repel massive Iran strike

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.

It is day 192 of the war with Hamas. Diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today’s episode.

To start, Berman, who is currently in the United States, shares how American media has depicted the foiled Iran strike.

Berman wrote an analysis following the Iran strike that examined the roles played by Israel’s neighbors and Centcom partners. He analyzes how this teamwork developed and where it can go from here.

Neighboring Arab countries played greater or lesser roles in foiling the Iranian projectiles, including Jordan — and Saudi Arabia. In an interview with the Israeli Kan broadcaster, a Saudi official criticized Iran for having engineered a war in Gaza in order to destroy the progress Riyadh was making in normalizing relations with Jerusalem. Berman weighs in.

After over three hours of deliberations on Sunday afternoon, Israel’s war cabinet did not reach a decision as to how the country would respond to Iran’s massive missile and drone barrage on Saturday night. Berman describes the US’s point of view as well as some potential strike options on Israel’s table.

For the latest updates, please see The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Live blog April 15, 2024

With its aerial attack, Iran could break Israel’s isolation and reframe the Gaza war

‘Not seeking war’: White House stresses US won’t join Israeli counterstrike on Iran

War cabinet said to favor hitting back at Iran but divided over when and how

Should Israel launch an immediate retaliatory attack on Iran? Lawmakers are divided

US House to vote on Israel aid package following Iran attack

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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