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Daily Briefing Aug. 22: Tel Aviv light rail sparks liberal awakening

Political correspondent Tal Schneider discusses government’s struggle to respond to ongoing terror wave, along with bittersweet launch of Petah Tivka-to-Bat Yam train system

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 correspondent Tal Schneider joins host Jacob Magid on today’s episode.

With a second deadly shooting attack in the West Bank in 48 hours and 2023’s fatality count at a high not seen since the Second Intifada, Schneider explains why the government is having a hard time combating the phenomenon after spending much of last year criticizing the previous unity coalition for being soft on terror.

Last week saw the opening of the Tel Aviv light rail after decades of planning and promises. It’s an impressive achievement that is already serving hundreds of thousands of Israelis, even though many are bitter about the government’s refusal to operate the train system on Shabbat.

Schneider shares how the government has emboldened opponents to protest issues beyond just the judicial overhaul, such as the lack of public transportation on Shabbat, which they may have otherwise continued to begrudgingly accept.

Discussed articles include:

Israeli woman killed, man seriously wounded in terror shooting near Hebron

At scene of deadly West Bank attack, Netanyahu and Gallant blame Iran for terror spike

Far-right ministers blame Gallant for deadly terror wave; one MK urges ‘revenge’

‘We waited a long time for this’: Tel Aviv light rail sets off after years of delays

Hundreds protest at Tel Aviv light rail stations because train won’t run on Shabbat

Ramat Gan to launch Shabbat shuttle service along Tel Aviv light route

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