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 129 of the war. Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren and legal affairs correspondent Jeremy Sharon join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.
Deep under the Red Sea there are undersea cables that provide internet access and communications to many part of Asia, East Africa and the Middle East. Now, apparently these cables are a target by the Houthis. Goren fills us in.
France has delivered a written proposal to Beirut aimed at ending hostilities with Israel and settling the disputed Lebanon-Israel frontier. It calls for Hezbollah and other groups to withdraw 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the border. Goren explains the pluses and minuses for both sides.
Yesterday, two Palestinians were shot and injured and a pair of vehicles and a home were torched during violent settler attacks in the northern West Bank. In a later incident in the nearby village of Huwara, a truck belonging to a Palestinian was also set alight by settlers. Sharon fills us in on an uptick of settler violence since October 7.
Preparations for nationwide municipal elections are in full swing ahead of election day on February 27, but 12 municipal authorities will not vote on that date since their inhabitants have been evacuated due to the current conflicts with Hamas and Hezbollah. We hear about the arrangements for soldiers, as well as other security concerns.
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