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.
Today’s panel comprises Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren and health reporter Nathan Jeffay, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
We begin with a blitz of updates regarding the progress of the coronavirus in Israel. Jeffay presents new research out of Jerusalem which re-purposes existing drugs to fight COVID. Since they are already FDA-approved for other maladies, the time to market, if re-approved, will be lightning-fast compared to new pharmaceuticals.
Next, we take highlights from a recent interview with Bar-Ilan University Prof. Cyrille Cohen, who gives the COVID big picture. What he has to say about children under 12 is especially intriguing.
Then we turn to the current scandal lighting up Jewish media headlines: The decision of Ben & Jerry’s United States-based parent company to no longer sell its Israeli franchise’s products in West Bank settlements and East Jerusalem. Is this just ice cream, or the beginning of a larger wave of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns?