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.
Palestinian Affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman and The Times of Israel’s Hebrew sister site Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at his home in Rosh Ha’ayin on Tuesday night. It marked the first time the Palestinian leader held talks with a senior Israeli official inside Israel since 2010.
Boxerman delves into the impetus behind the surprise meeting while Goren discusses its Israeli political blowback. We also hear how the Palestinian Authority views the event, within the context of Abbas’s approval ratings.
Next, we discuss the Hebrew word of the year — tirlul or “lunacy.” Thousands of Israelis voted on 10 options from the Academy of the Hebrew Language in honor of the annual Hebrew Day last week. What else almost made the cut?