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Daily Briefing July 28: Will Zionist Spirit spark joy? Plus, Kharkiv: Near the front

Political correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn on a new political party; military correspondent Emanuel Fabian on the IDF’s Hamas ‘big reveals’; Lazar Berman on refugees in Uman

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 Carrie Keller-Lynn and military correspondent Emanuel Fabian join host Anne Gordon on today’s episode, with diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman reporting in from Kharkiv, Ukraine.

A new political party has emerged from the remnants of some old political parties, as politicians jockey for strategic advantage in the November election. Keller-Lynn reports on Zionist Spirit.

Berman updates us about the Ukrainian town of Uman, site of an annual Orthodox Rosh Hashanah mass pilgrimage, and the refugees who have settled in thanks to the pilgrims’ absence. But what will happen to them come September?

He also describes the lay of the land in Kharkiv, Ukraine, 20 kilometers (nearly 12.5 miles) from the Russian front, and his own experience in a shelter during several not-too-distant explosions.

Fabian explains why the IDF was briefing foreign press on the locations of Hamas weapons stockpiles and the like, and why it will continue to do so.

Discussed articles include:

Beleaguered right-wing leaders Shaked and Hendel unite as Zionist Spirit party

With pilgrims coming, Uman’s ‘miracle’ refugee shelters will be forced to clear out

Uman’s mayor to ToI: We don’t have enough shelters, can’t guarantee pilgrims’ safety

IDF exposes ‘Hamas sites’ in Gaza civilian areas, in bid to explain future strikes

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