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Daily Briefing Dec. 8: Day 63 – War cabinet’s Eisenkot learns of son’s death while touring front

Political correspondent Tal Schneider discusses officials with children serving on front lines, and US bureau chief Jacob Magid looks at US remarks regarding Gaza and PA on Hamas

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Today is day 63 of the war. Political correspondent Tal Schneider and US bureau chief Jacob Magid join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Schneider discusses Gadi Eisenkot receiving news of his reservist son’s mortal injuries, as the former IDF chief of staff — now a member of the National Unity party and war cabinet — was touring the southern command with minister Benny Gantz.

She also talks about reservists given bulletproof vests made in 1963 in the US for the Vietnam War.

Magid looks at comments made by US deputy national security adviser Jon Finer about Israel and its ongoing fighting in Gaza, wanting Israel to use lessons learned in the first part of the war.

He also discusses his interview with a top adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who says Abbas has been condemning Hamas in meetings and phone calls, but not publicly, amid a possible PA role in Gaza after the war.

For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Live blog December 8, 2023

War cabinet minister, ex-IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot’s son killed in Gaza, along with 2nd soldier

Abbas denouncing Hamas, but criticism kept private due to IDF ‘aggression’ – top aide

Jon Finer: ‘Aspects of IDF campaign in north didn’t show sufficient care for civilian life’

IDF reservists shocked to be provisioned Vietnam War-era equipment

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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