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Daily Briefing Jan. 16 – Netanyahu eyes a plea deal; a Texas rabbi keeps calm

Editor David Horovitz and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur discuss a possible end to the Netanyahu corruption trial, and US correspondent Jacob Magid reports from Colleyville, Texas

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.

Founding editor David Horovitz, senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and US correspondent Jacob Magid join host Jessica Steinberg.

Horovitz and Rettig Gur discuss the possible plea bargain for Benjamin Netanyahu, a radical development in this ongoing situation, and what it would mean for the former prime minister, who has repeatedly asserted that he was being unjustly prosecuted.

Magid joins the podcast from Colleyville, Texas, outside Dallas, where he is reporting on the hostage situation that took place in a Reform synagogue on Saturday morning, in which the rabbi was one of four captives.

Horovitz finishes up the podcast with a look at a report regarding an Israeli agreement to indirectly pump natural gas to Lebanon, moving it from the Leviathan offshore field to Jordan, and from there to Syria and on to Lebanon, a “surreal” and admirable deal, he says.

Discussed articles include:

It’s all about ‘turpitude’: Making sense of the Netanyahu plea bargain reports

Report: Netanyahu, AG may agree to leave ‘moral turpitude’ to judges in plea deal

‘Calm, collected’ synagogue rabbi wowed FBI through 10-hour Texas hostage crisis

Israel said to secretly ink unprecedented deal to supply gas to Lebanon, via Jordan

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