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 includes Times of Israel Ops & Blogs editor Miriam Herschlag and political analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, with Jessica Steinberg as your host.
Herschlag and Rettig Gur discuss blogs written by former Israel ambassador Michael Oren and American sociologist Samuel Heilman, examining the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Oren looks at how the US used the Middle East peace process in the 1970s to reclaim its role as peacemaker post-Vietnam, suggesting it can do the same again, using the Abraham Accords as a starting point.
Meanwhile, sociologist Heilman offers five lessons the Afghanistan withdrawal can teach to democracies.
Finally, Herschlag and Rettig Gur discuss Israel’s new mother by surrogacy, Labor Party head Merav Michaeli, an outspoken champion of women’s right to opt-out of motherhood, who could have averted a backlash with more transparency about her plans, suggests blogger Naomi Chazan.
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