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.
Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and Diaspora affairs and religion reporter Canaan Lidor join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.
Just before Israelis heard the morning siren marking Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, Lidor discussed some of the gatherings for the General Assembly of the Jewish Federation of North America, including protesters who tried to infiltrate the speeches and the interruption of one talk given by MK Simcha Rothman.
Berman speaks about the Jordanian lawmaker who allegedly tried to smuggle 200 guns into Israel via the Allenby crossing, and how the Foreign Ministry is presenting the situation as the individual actions of MP Imad al-Adwan and not representative of the Jordanian government.
Berman also looks at the events marking Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, and the complex efforts of Jerusalem’s Armenian community to understand why the Israeli government cooperates with Turkey and Azerbaijan, the countries that committed atrocities against the Armenians.
Lidor talks about Christians in Haifa marking Iftar and the end of Ramadan with their Muslim neighbors — part of a complex relationship that has changed over the years, partially due to educational shifts, in the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood.
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