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Daily Briefing April 22: Day 199 – What could make Pharaoh Sinwar let our people go?

Diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman on heightened antisemitism at Columbia University, potential US sanctions on one – or more – IDF units and stalled hostage talks

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

Following days of unrest and anti-Israel action at Columbia University in New York City, the university’s Orthodox rabbi sent a message to Jewish students urging them to stay away from campus until it is deemed safe again. The situation has spiraled so out of control that President Isaac Herzog and President Joe Biden are publicly denouncing the situation. Berman weighs in.

Two US sources told The Times of Israel yesterday that in addition to the Netzah Yehuda Battalion — which the Biden administration is reportedly slated to sanction this week — Washington is reportedly considering sanctions against other Israeli military and police units alleged to have committed human rights violations against Palestinians. Berman explains the 1997 Leahy law that is being enacted and how it was applied in the past to other countries’ militaries.

In a pre-Passover video, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would “land additional and painful blows” on Hamas over the holiday to increase pressure on the terror group to free the hostages it has held in the Gaza Strip for over six months. Berman explores what is missing today versus in November when the sides successfully freed over 100 hostages. What would it take for Sinwar to unharden his heart and let our people go?

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

Discussed articles include:

Biden blasts ‘alarming surge of antisemitism’ amid anti-Israel protests at Columbia

Columbia rabbi urges Jewish students to stay home until campus deemed safe

US mulling sanctions against other IDF units for alleged rights violations – sources

Netanyahu vows imminent ‘painful blows,’ diplomatic pressure on Hamas to free hostages

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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