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Daily Briefing Feb. 27: Day 144 – Israelis cast votes in local elections, amid war

Zman Yisrael chief editor Biranit Goren and political correspondent Tal Schneider discuss municipal elections, shift in Haredi draft issue and meaning of latest Oct. 7 revelation

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 144 of the war. Zman Yisrael editor-in-chief Biranit Goren and political correspondent Tal Schneider join host Jessica Steinberg.

Schneider discusses election day for local and regional authorities. She expects that most Israelis will vote for incumbents rather than seek change — due to the war.

Goren explains the latest on the Haredi military draft, as a petition on a government resolution on the matter was heard in the High Court, and how this could lead the ultra-Orthodox community and government toward finding a compromise for drafting Haredi yeshiva students.

Schneider and Goren look at a fresh revelation regarding intelligence ahead of the October 7 Hamas terror assault and at the political machinations behind the disclosure.

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

Discussed articles include:

Live blog February 27, 2024

Polls open across much of Israel for twice-delayed local elections under shadow of war

As Israel heads to municipal elections mid-war, here’s what you need to know

High Court orders the government to explain why its refusal to draft Haredim is legal

Hours before Hamas attack, IDF noticed dozens of terrorists activating Israeli SIMs

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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