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Daily Briefing Apr. 16: Saudis host Hamas as chaos in Israel may tangle regional web

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur weighs in on new alliances among Iran, Saudi Arabia and Hamas; military correspondent Emanuel Fabian reports on Hamas’s expanded Lebanon base

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.

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and military correspondent Emanuel Fabian join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

For the 15th straight week, anti-judicial overhaul protesters took to the streets, with an estimated several hundred thousand throughout the country. Rettig Gur weighs in on why the protests have continued even as negotiations are taking place under the auspices of President Isaac Herzog.

Israel suffered a series of Hamas rocket attacks over the first Passover holiday weekend, including from Lebanon. Fabian explains what Israeli experts are saying about this seeming new alliance between Hamas and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

A senior delegation representing the Palestinian terror group Hamas is reportedly set to visit Saudi Arabia today. Rettig Gur describes how Iran and Hamas have finally built and activated their alliance, which allows Hamas to continue expanding the Gaza front to more theaters. What can we can learn from what happened over the past week about the effects of Israel’s domestic strife on the broader region?

And finally, Likud MK Tally Gotliv gave a rare English-language interview to an international reporter during a rally in support of the judicial overhaul last night. Rettig Gur responds.

Discussed articles include:

Hundreds of thousands rally against judicial overhaul plans for a 15th straight week

With support of Iran and Hezbollah, experts believe Hamas well established in Lebanon

Saudis said set to host top Hamas delegation, further dimming Israeli hopes for ties

Saudi-Iran detente marks latest twist in decades of fraught ties

Israel’s efforts to forge Saudi ties said on ice as tensions with Palestinians spike

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