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Daily Briefing Aug. 15: New political partners, Gaza economics and a Dubai road trip

Political writer Tal Schneider discusses the latest IDF chief to enter politics; military correspondent Emanuel Fabian looks at rising entries and exits in the Strip

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.

Political writer Tal Schneider and military correspondent Emanuel Fabian join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Schneider talks about former military chief Gadi Eisenkot joining the center-right National Unity party and what Eisenkot, a newbie politician, will bring to the political scene.

Fabian looks at the recent changes in the Gazan economy, with exports up from Gaza to Israel, as well as increased crossings at the border, with more people allowed to go in and out of Gaza for work, which creates higher salaries for some Gazans.

Schneider discusses her interview with Jewish-American businessman Bruce Gurfein, who has lived in Dubai for 25 years and recently took a road trip by car from Dubai to Israel, looking at business-to-business relationships to strengthen relations.

Steinberg adds a word about Svika Pick, the pillar of Israeli pop who died Sunday at 72 after years of ill health.

Discussed articles include:

Eisenkot marches into politics with much fanfare, little immediate effect on polls

IDF official says Gaza exports have soared, as Israel seeks to incentivize calm

Making inroads: An unlikely 38-hour drive from Dubai to Jerusalem, via Riyadh

Iconic Israeli singer-songwriter Svika Pick dies at 72

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