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Daily Briefing Dec. 16 – Is a return to the Western Wall compromise being abandoned?

Editor David Horovitz talks about the suspended holy site deal and Iran’s nuclear threat; Arab affairs reporter Aaron Boxerman discusses settler violence and Christmas in Bethlehem

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.

ToI founding editor David Horovitz and Arab affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman join host Jessica Steinberg.

Horovitz looks at the continued suspension of the Western Wall compromise deal that would have formalized the alternative Western Wall space for non-Orthodox streams of Judaism.

Boxerman discusses the ongoing issue of extremist attacks on Palestinians, and whether the Bennett government can offer more justice for those attacked.

Horovitz speaks about the seriousness of the Iran threat and how much politics is playing into the responses being put forward by Israel and the US.

Boxerman talks about his recent visit to Bethlehem, where Christmas will be celebrated publicly, but without tourists, who are currently banned from Israel due to the Omicron variant.

Discussed articles include:

Why is Israel again abandoning the Solomonic wisdom of the Western Wall compromise?

Settler attacks on Palestinians are on the rise, but justice remains elusive

Bethlehem hoped to recoup some coronavirus losses this Christmas. Then came Omicron

After Birthright exception, Holy Land Christians decry Israel’s ‘racist’ travel ban

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