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Daily Briefing Dec. 19 – Tech firms celebrate best year as tour guides bemoan fate

Military correspondent Judah Ari Gross discusses last week’s terrorist attack, followed by Startup Israel editor Ricky Ben-David on the tourism industry and tech exits

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 Judah Ari Gross and Startup Israel editor Ricky Ben-David join host Jessica Steinberg on today’s podcast.

Gross discusses last Thursday evening’s terrorist attack at the Homesh settlement that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old yeshiva student and the resulting manhunt and capture of the terrorist cell that carried out the attack.

Ben-David speaks about her extensive feature interviewing tourism industry professionals who participated in last week’s protest at Ben Gurion Airport and are trying to figure out how to move forward with Israel’s recent Omicron closure to tourists.

She also looks at the astonishing 520% jump in the value of Israeli tech firm exits in 2021, shattering all previous funding records and closing out the tech industry’s best year yet.

Discussed articles include:

Israeli forces nab suspected terrorists in deadly West Bank shooting

‘This place is fully ours’: Hundreds at terror victim’s funeral in West Bank outpost

Israeli man killed, two injured in northern West Bank terror shooting

‘They are burying us’: Tourism sector workers fume at government offer to ‘retrain’

Israeli tech exits jump 520% to whopping $82.4b in 2021, hit new records

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