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Daily Briefing Aug 15 – Will restitution law make Poland Israel’s new frenemy?

Back from Morocco with FM Lapid, Lazar Berman reports on the new Israel-Poland brush fire; military reporter Judah Ari Gross sounds off on the IDF’s role in fighting COVID

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 diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and military reporter Judah Ari Gross, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Poland’s president approved a law on Saturday that will effectively prevent future restitution to the heirs of property seized by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The backlash has been fierce out of the Israeli government, which includes several ministers who are children of Holocaust survivors. Can the two “allies” weather this crisis?

The IDF has been conscripted to help fight the battle against COVID. Gross explains what is new in the increased call-up and discusses some lessons learned from the past 18 months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spent part of last week in Morocco, a year after the announcement of the Abraham Accords. What is the significance of the trip and how was the food?

Finally, Gross dissects the increased use of reconnaissance drones coming out of both Gaza and Lebanon. And as Lebanon burns, why the international community is watching from the sidelines.

Discussed articles include:

Polish president approves WWII restitution law, defying Israel and US

Major crisis as Israel recalls envoy to Poland after WWII restitution law okayed

Israel expands nighttime vaccinations, as hundreds of reservists to join effort

With government facing growing trials, Lapid shines spotlight on Morocco ties

Lapid: Israel, Morocco to upgrade to full diplomatic relations within two months

IDF says troops downed Hamas drone from Gaza two days ago

IDF says it downed Hezbollah drone that entered Israeli airspace

‘Nothing left’: Crisis-hit Lebanon faces growing bread shortages

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