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 health reporter Nathan Jeffay and Palestinian affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
Israel is experiencing a minor surge in COVID cases. We discuss what the origins are and just how worrying this is.
Over the weekend Israel and the Palestinian Authority inked a deal with Pfizer for the transfer of some 1.4 million COVID vaccine doses from Israel to the PA. However, the Palestinians quickly rejected the soon-to-be-expired shots. What’s happening now?
Equally controversial is the Family Reunification amendment to the Citizenship Law, which was slated for a renewal vote this week. Boxerman gives background on the 2003 amendment, which limits the granting of citizenship to Palestinians married to Arab Israelis, and explains what’s at stake now.
And finally, we hear about interesting new research reaffirming the linkage of Vitamin D deficiency with poor results for those infected with the coronavirus.