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.
We’re speaking today with Times of Israel military correspondent Judah Ari Gross and US correspondent Jacob Magid, with Jessica Steinberg hosting.
Gross opens with a discussion of the IDF airstrikes in the Gaza Strip late Saturday night in retaliation for airborne arson attacks, and whether that portends a return to conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Magid takes us to the US and an overview of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit, which included a pledge from US President Joe Biden that Iran will “never” get a nuclear weapon, although the president stopped short of offering a military option.
Along those lines, Gross adds more information about the IDF’s plans to strike Iran’s nuclear program in light of the Islamic Republic’s ongoing march toward the technology needed for an atomic weapon.
Bennett’s visit with Biden also included a conversation about aid to Ramallah amid fears of an economic collapse of the Palestinian Authority, plus Biden’s opposition to the Sheikh Jarrah evictions and thoughts about reopening the US consulate in Jerusalem.
Finally, Magid shares some more details about Bennett’s extended visit over the sabbath in DC, including a makeshift synagogue service in the hotel and his words of Torah to the assembled minyan on Shabbat.