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Daily Briefing Apr. 16: Day 193 – Why Jordan suppresses its role in blocking Iran’s drones

Arab affairs reporter Gianluca Pacchiani on how news of explosions in Jordan airspace played out in media; political reporter Sam Sokol on cabinet members’ positions on retaliation

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 193 of the war with Hamas. Arab affairs reporter Gianluca Pacchiani and political reporter Sam Sokol join host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today’s episode.

Today, Israel reassured Arab countries in the region that its response to Iran’s attack will not place them in danger. One neighboring country, Jordan, which was a player in foiling the Iran strike Saturday night, is presented with an even more complicated situation with its large Palestinian population. Pacchiani weighs in.

On Sunday, far-right members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government issued strident calls for Israel to react to Iran’s attack with a show of force, while other moderate members of the coalition, including war cabinet minister Benny Gantz, urged a balanced approach aimed at avoiding a spiraling escalation. Sokol explains who is currently calling for what.

Yesterday, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir’s far-right Otzma Yehudit party said that it was no longer bound by coalition discipline, following opposition by ultra-Orthodox coalition parties to an expansion of his authority. We hear what this expansion is and how the Haredim are play quid pro quo.

We hear impressions from a long interview Pacchiani conducted with Gazan journalist Sami Obeid, who brings his thoughts on who should run the Gaza Strip after the war and life on the ground in Rafah right now.

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

Discussed articles include:

Live blog April 16, 2024

Jordan’s help against Iran shows relationship with Israel still strong, despite Gaza

Shaken by daily mass protests on Gaza, Jordan accuses ‘infiltrators’ of stoking unrest

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

Ben Gvir says no longer bound by coalition discipline, in spat with Haredi factions

Gazan journalist to ToI: We, the people of Gaza, are also living like hostages of Hamas

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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