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Times of Israel Podcast

Daily Briefing June 16 – Incendiary balloons & Flag March: PM Bennett’s 1st test

Tune in Sunday through Thursday to hear ToI editors and reporters quickly catch you up on what’s important today

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 political correspondent Tal Schneider and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett okayed an order for airstrikes against Hamas strongholds in the Gaza Strip after dozens of incendiary balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip, causing some 26 fires in southern Israel, in the lead-up to Tuesday night’s Flag March. Hamas declared victory in the wake of the far-right march for having caused Israel to amend the route, deploy Iron Dome batteries, and change air-traffic flight plans. But what was the Israeli political fallout of the march and airstrikes?

Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hunkering down in the official prime minister’s residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street. And guess who is footing the bill? The Israeli taxpayer. We hear why this continued squatting is problematic diplomatically as well.

A joint INSS-Jewish Agency study has found that Western European politicians are increasingly mainstreaming antisemitism. While violent physical attacks are more often perpetrated by the right, hate speech and antisemitic rhetoric are by far more common on the left.

Discussed articles include:

IDF hits Gaza terror targets after arson attacks, in first raids since ceasefire

‘Death to Arabs’: Nationalist Jerusalem flag march held under ramped-up security

Mansour Abbas: Flag march is ‘unbridled provocation’ that should have been nixed

Netanyahu faces High Court petition if he doesn’t leave PM residence by June 27

The PM’s official home isn’t Netanyahu’s personal castle; he should leave ASAP

Antisemitism ‘mainstreamed’ in Western European politics, says Israeli study

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