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Daily Briefing August 17: Abbas claims ’50 holocausts’ against Palestinians

Political correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn on MK Itamar Ben Gvir’s call for transferring the disloyal; news editor Amy Spiro goes deep on the heroine of 1975’s Savoy Hotel attack

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 Carrie Keller-Lynn and news editor Amy Spiro join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Tuesday night during a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of committing “holocausts” against Palestinians over the years. (On Wednesday morning, he clarified his statement.) What have the responses been so far?

Provocateur MK Itamar Ben Gvir is again in the news. First off, he is now eschewing a team-up with far-right MK Bezalel Smotrich’s party, and he’s also calling for the transfer of disloyal citizens — including head of the Joint List party MK Ayman Odeh. We discuss both moves.

And briefly, we hear how former prime minister Naftali Bennett is making life a little harder for MK Idit Silman, who was the domino that began the fall of the Bennett coalition.

Spiro speaks about Kochava Levy, whom she labeled “The forgotten hero of the deadly 1975 Savoy Hotel attack in Tel Aviv.” We learn about the double standards in the fallout of the media coverage.

And finally, pop star extraordinaire Noa Kirel said yes! What did she agree to?

Discussed articles include:

Amid furor, Abbas retracts ‘holocausts’ claim, says he meant Israeli ‘crimes’

German chancellor ‘disgusted’ by Abbas’s ‘intolerable’ 50 holocausts claim

In Berlin, Abbas says Israel committed ‘holocausts’; Scholz grimaces but is silent

‘A monstrous lie’: Abbas ’50 holocausts’ claim met with outrage in Israel, Germany

Ben Gvir says he’d seek to expel Arabs who attack IDF soldiers, ‘disloyal’ MKs

Far-right leader Ben Gvir declares solo run, blames Smotrich for collapse of talks

Bennett splits from Yamina, as ex-coalition MKs take revenge on renegade Silman

The forgotten heroine of the deadly 1975 Savoy Hotel terror attack

‘Fasten your seatbelts’: Noa Kirel confirms she’ll represent Israel at Eurovision

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