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 investigative reporter Simona Weinglass and US correspondent Jacob Magid, along with host Raoul Wootliff.
On today’s show, we look at a direct consequence of Weinglass’s reporting – the recent indictments announced by the US Securities and Exchange Commission against the heads of one of the alleged cornerstones of Israel’s fraudulent binary options industry. We find out what is being alleged against the founders of SpotOption, and why the firm is not being prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
In more fraud crime news linked to Israel, we’ll hear about the double murder charge being brought against French billionaire Arnaud Mimran and his close ties to both the Jewish state and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
J Street held its annual conference this week, hosting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as its keynote speaker as well as numerous high-profile Democrats. What do the speakers and their messages say about the left-wing group’s current direction?
And finally, we assess Netanyahu’s current efforts to radically change the rules of Israeli democracy by introducing a direct vote for prime minister.