Times of Israel Podcast

Daily Briefing June 20 – What does Iran’s new extremist leader mean for Israel?

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 our editor David Horovitz and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett seated his first cabinet meeting today. We discuss what is on the agenda and what challenges are looming.

Over the weekend, Iran elected Ebrahim Raisi, the “Hangman of Tehran,” as its next president. How does this affect the nuclear deal negotiations — and Israel?

In this new post-Benjamin Netanyahu era, how will Israel’s diplomatic front change? Can we expect a renewed, more bipartisan, relationship with the United States? And what of the Netanyahu “bromances” with controversial leaders such as Hungary’s Viktor Orban?

And finally, we hear about a fascinating new archaeological study that pinpoints when and where early man and Neanderthals first crossed paths.

Discussed articles include:

In 1st cabinet meeting, new government okays state inquiry into Meron disaster

Coalition scrambles for way to extend ban on Palestinian family reunification

TV: Israeli officials warn ‘no choice’ but to ready attack plans after Raisi win

US to press on with Vienna nuclear deal talks after Raisi win

Amnesty calls for new Iranian president to be probed for crimes against humanity

Prehistoric man lived with and loved Neanderthals in the Negev 50,000 years ago

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