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Daily Briefing Aug. 4: Israel on edge after terror head’s arrest; Holocaust humor

Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian on Israeli responses to heightened Islamic Jihad threats; news editor Amy Spiro takes a look at a ‘Big Brother’ foray into in-jokes for Jews

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.

Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian and news editor Amy Spiro join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

The roads around Gaza have been closed since the arrest of Bassem Saadi, who leads Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, in fear of a retaliatory attack. Fabian updates us on the arrest and the days since.

The threat of Hezbollah in regards to ongoing negotiations on a maritime border with Lebanon was on the table in yesterday’s cabinet meeting. What’s going on there?

Six months ago the Israeli newspaper Calcalist published broad allegations about Israel Police using NSO spyware to hack into the phones of dozens of private citizens. Spiro shares the findings of Monday’s 100-page investigation.

New allegations of female soldiers and prison officers being sexually harassed and assaulted in Israeli prisons by Palestinian terror inmates has led to an altercation between Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev. On what grounds?

A contestant on “HaAh HaGadol,” Israel’s “Big Brother,” recently said “Heil Hitler” and gave a Nazi salute. Spiro wonders whether it’s OK, but only for Jews, to joke about this.

Discussed articles include:

Roads around Gaza to remain closed for 3rd day amid fears of Islamic Jihad attack

Security officials said to warn of Hezbollah escalation if no Lebanon gas deal

Probe finds Israel Police did not unlawfully hack phones of politicians, activists

Gantz says he’ll reevaluate drafting soldiers into Prisons Service amid rape claims

Minister says female soldiers to continue guarding terror inmates unless law changes

Reality check: Does Israel employ a double standard on tolerating Holocaust humor?

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