Daily Briefing Jan. 29: Friday night terror attack tests national security minister
Political analyst Haviv Rettig Gur discusses Israeli and Palestinian responses to a multiple-fatality shooting as diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman looks at world condemnation
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.
Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and political analyst Haviv Rettig Gur join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.
Steinberg reviews the Friday night terror attack outside a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Neve Yaakov neighborhood that killed seven people, as well as a spate of shootings and attempted attacks over the course of Saturday.
Rettig Gur discusses the reactions of National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir to the terror attacks and how they’re worrying for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the government moves forward with its response to the situation.
Rettig Gur also examines the Palestinian discourse with regard to the terror attacks, and Palestinian reactions to the changes in Israel’s government.
Berman talks about the official diplomatic condemnations of the Friday night attack, including from the Gulf and UAE, and with many diplomats highlighting that it took place on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Berman discusses Netanyahu’s meeting last week with Jordanian King Abdullah II, their first in four years, and the issue of maintaining the status quo on the Jordanian-administered Temple Mount, which has been a source of tension between the two governments particularly given the increase in visits from Jewish religious nationalists, including Ben Gvir.
He also speaks about President Isaac Herzog’s trip last week to Brussels, which included an address to the European Parliament to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and time spent with the local Jewish community.
Discussed articles include:
‘His soul is eternal’: Funerals held for 3 victims of Jerusalem terror attack
Washington, UN, UAE, many others condemn ‘heinous, tragic’ Jerusalem terror shooting
Netanyahu and Abdullah meet in Jordan, signaling they want to move past tensions
Netanyahu vows to maintain Temple Mount status quo in meeting with Jordanian king
Herzog welcomed by Belgian king ahead of meetings with EU, NATO chiefs
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