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Daily Briefing Jan. 24 – Ties that bind: Ukraine crisis, pro-lsrael UN & submarines

Correspondents Tal Schneider and Lazar Berman update us on a near-unprecedented UN resolution against Holocaust denial and aftershocks from the scandal-ridden submarine deal

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.

Political correspondent Tal Schneider and diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s packed episode.

The intensified situation on the border between Ukraine and Russia has Israeli officials updating plans for the possible evacuation of potentially some 75,000 Jews. Who is working on that?

Last week, the United Nations unanimously adopted an Israel-led resolution against Holocaust denial. It was only the second time an Israeli-led resolution has passed at the General Assembly. How did serial Holocaust-denier Iran try to play a role here?

Also late last week, Israel finally signed a controversial deal to purchase three submarines from Germany. On Sunday, the cabinet voted to create a state commission of inquiry into submarine and naval vessel purchase deals that occurred under former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Schneider takes a deep dive into the issue.

Aside from political aftershocks, Israel felt two earthquakes within 24 hours this week. Is the country prepared for the big one?

Finally, Berman sheds light on how Israel’s relationship with the European Union may shift with France at the helm.

Discussed articles include:

Israel said preparing for potential need to evacuate Ukrainian Jews in case of war

UN General Assembly adopts Israeli resolution aimed at combating Holocaust denial

Israel signs scandal-ridden €3 billion deal with Germany to buy new submarines

Cabinet votes to establish state inquiry into submarine affair

Netanyahu expected to be called as central witness in state probe of submarine deal

2nd minor earthquake within hours rattles northern Israel; some buildings evacuated

Israel-Europe ties may not get much warmer with Macron as president of EU Council

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