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Daily Briefing July 5: Netanyahu ‘mows the lawn’ in two-day Jenin operation

Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian updates on Jenin operation, ramming attack and rockets, as US bureau chief Jacob Magid reflects on Jenin, July 4th with outgoing US ambassador

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.

US bureau chief Jacob Magid and military correspondent Emmanuel Fabian join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Fabian opens with updates on the Tel Aviv car ramming and stabbing Tuesday afternoon that left seven injured and the terrorist killed by an armed civilian.

He reviews the end of the 44-hour Jenin operation that the IDF says won’t be the last, in which one Israeli soldier was killed, possibly by friendly fire, as troops were pulling out. Attention then turned to Gaza as rockets were launched toward the Israeli town of Sderot.

Magid reflects on the reasons behind the Jenin operation, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s change of tactics, not strategy, with the brief incursion in order to take care of the lack of Palestinian Authority control in Jenin.

Steinberg speaks about the spate of international performers in Israel over the next few weeks, including this week’s performances from UK’s Morrissey, The Black Keys from the US next week and Christina Aguilera in early August.

Magid discusses the US Embassy July 4 party held at the Israel Museum, which was also a goodbye for US ambassador Tom Nides, who is leaving his post after 19 months on the job. He notes that Netanyahu used the opportunity to reiterate Israel’s friendship with the US, even as he plans a trip to China.

Discussed articles include:

7 injured in ramming-stabbing attack in Tel Aviv; terrorist killed by armed civilian

Soldier killed as massive Jenin operation winds down, all troops leave West Bank city

Military begins withdrawing forces from Jenin after 44 hours of fighting

Five rockets fired from Gaza at south, intercepted by Iron Dome — IDF

PA freezes all ties with Israel over Jenin raid, as US urges closer cooperation

Morrissey thrilled to be in ‘God’s country’ as he performs first of two shows

Netanyahu calls US Israel’s ‘irreplaceable ally’ a week after announcing China trip

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