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Daily Briefing Aug. 18: Turkey & Israel mend relations; defensive defense minister

Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman carves up a complex renewal of ties; military correspondent Emanuel Fabian on Joseph’s Tomb shooting, IDF friendly fire and Gaza investigation

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 military correspondent Emanuel Fabian join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

A Palestinian teenager was killed as heavy clashes broke out in Nablus late Wednesday and early Thursday while Jewish worshipers held a monthly pilgrimage to a shrine called Joseph’s Tomb in the Palestinian West Bank city under military guard. Fabian explains why this is such a conflict-ridden area.

We’ve been discussing the possibility of renewed diplomatic ties between Israel and Turkey for months. Berman enlightens us on what the final impetus was and what the new diplomatic ties mean for Israelis.

We spoke yesterday on the podcast about a statement made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he claimed — and then somewhat walked back — that Israel has inflicted 50 holocausts on his people. The fallout continues, including a defensive posture from Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

Media reports have leaked preliminary results of an IDF investigation into the deaths of five children in Gaza during the recent conflict. What are the unofficial findings?

Staff Sgt. Nathan Fitoussi was fatally shot this week by a comrade in arms when returning to his post after prayer. Fabian and Berman discuss some potential lessons learned from this and other friendly fire incidents.

Discussed articles include:

Palestinian teen killed as rioters attack Jewish pilgrimage to Joseph’s Tomb

With reset, Turkey and Israel look to build durable ties that can reshape the region

Gantz defends Abbas meetings amid outcry over PA chief’s ‘holocausts’ comment

IDF finds Israeli strike killed 5 children in Gaza during recent operation – report

Family of soldier killed by friendly fire says not angry at comrade who shot him

Lawyers call to halt probe of soldier in suspected friendly fire killing

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