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Daily Briefing June 20: Day 258 – Things fall apart? Mini-revolt among a few Likud MKs

Editor David Horovitz unwinds a knotty day in the Knesset of insults and allegations and how Israel’s internal strife may or may not be affecting the prosecution of the war in Gaza

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Editor David Horovitz joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan in the Jerusalem offices for today’s episode.

Facing a growing number of high-profile spats involving members of his coalition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Wednesday for his political partners to “get a grip” and abandon “petty politics.” Horovitz unwinds the insults and accusations that were thrown about yesterday and assesses the stability of the coalition even as some members of Likud are showing signs of discontent.

IDF Spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told Channel 13 last night, “This business of destroying Hamas, making Hamas disappear — it’s simply throwing sand in the eyes of the public.” Horovitz discusses how Israel’s internal political strife may be affecting its prosecution of the war.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that US officials estimate that of the 116 hostages believed to be held by Hamas in Gaza, just 50 are still alive. The assessment is based on a combination of Israeli and US intelligence and puts the number of deceased hostages at 66, a far higher number than Israel has publicly confirmed. As hostage negotiation talks seem to be at a stalemate, Horovitz speaks to the international pressure being placed on Hamas and why it’s likely not enough.

Last night the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group Hassan Nasrallah commented on the escalating conflict with the Jewish state, and said the Shiite terror group does not want “total war,” is only acting in support of Hamas, but in the case of full-blown war, “The enemy knows well that we have prepared ourselves for the worst… and that no place… will be spared from our rockets.” Why this announcement right now?

For more updates, please check out The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

As war winds down, diplomacy is paramount, but Netanyahu has other priorities

Amid multiplying spats, Netanyahu urges coalition partners to ‘get a grip’

IDF spokesman says Hamas can’t be destroyed, drawing retort from PM: ‘That’s war’s goal’

Nasrallah says ‘no place’ in Israel would be safe in war, threatens to target Cyprus

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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