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Daily Briefing Feb. 23: After bloody IDF op in Nablus, revenge rockets from Gaza

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian explains why the recent flare-up is more wide-scale than many perceive; Diaspora affairs reporter Judah Ari Gross on clashes at the Western Wall

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 Emanuel Fabian and Diaspora affairs reporter Judah Ari Gross join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

Israeli warplanes carried out bombing raids against the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, hours after Palestinians fired six rockets into southern Israel in an apparent revenge attack for a deadly Israeli incursion into Nablus. Fabian explains what happened in Nablus, then moves forward in the timeline until this morning’s airstrikes. Is a bigger war approaching?

Yesterday morning, clashes broke out at the Western Wall as hardline Jews blocked and harassed supporters of the Women of the Wall group while they tried to hold a combination protest-prayer service at the holy site. Is there anything new here?

Unusually, on Tuesday, the Jewish Federations of North America sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition head Yair Lapid against the government’s plan to legislate an “override clause.” Is this a sign that US Jews will increasingly weigh in on internal Israeli politics?

Discussed articles include:

Israel bombs Hamas sites in Gaza hours after rockets shot toward Ashkelon, Sderot

Reform rabbis assailed as they try to bring Torah scrolls to women at Western Wall

In highly unusual move, major US Jewish group decries proposed judicial overhaul

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