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Daily Briefing July 21: Israeli army reveals worst-kept secret; polls favor Ben Gvir

Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian on IDF chief’s Morocco visit; reporter Jeremy Sharon on new settlement activism in the West Bank; and Lazar Berman’s view of Ukraine

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.

Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian and settlements, police, and legal affairs reporter Jeremy Sharon join Anne Gordon on today’s podcast. Lazar Berman, diplomatic correspondent, also checks in from Ukraine.

Fabian reveals that the Israeli military censor is finally allowing publication of one of the Israel Defense Forces’ worst-kept secrets: its use of drones.

He also explains the significance of IDF chief Aviv Kohavi’s trip to Morocco, and what it means for Israel’s ties to the country going forward.

Berman describes how Ukraine has changed since his last trip to the region, and shares his recent somber experience in Vinnytsia.

Nachala, an activist group promoting new settlements in the West Bank, has been busy. Sharon tells us about its members’ efforts this week, and why they keep at it.

Sharon also fills us in on a poll that suggests Itamar Ben Gvir is the man to watch in the November elections.

Discussed articles include:

After almost two decades, IDF finally admits to using armed drones in airstrikes

Kohavi meets Morocco’s defense minister, army chief on second day of landmark trip

Between security briefings, IDF chief meets Jewish community in Marrakesh

Thousands of settler activists create mayhem in West Bank campaign

Poll shows Religious Zionism party would soar if headed by Ben-Gvir

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