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Daily Briefing Mar. 31: Day 177 – Did the IDF lay a trap for Hamas at Shifa Hospital?

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian on recent terrorist attacks and a drawn-out manhunt, allegations the IDF struck UNIFIL, and how the IDF could absorb a huge influx of Haredi youth

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.

Today is day 177 of the war with Hamas. Military reporter Emanuel Fabian joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today’s episode.

An off-duty Israel Defense Forces officer was stabbed and lightly wounded in a terror attack at Beersheba’s central bus station this morning. Fabian updates us.

A gunman who carried out a terror shooting attack in the West Bank near Jericho last week, wounding three Israelis including a 13-year-old boy, turned himself in to troops, defense sources said Sunday. Fabian takes us through the attack.

The Israel Defense Forces on Saturday denied carrying out a strike in southern Lebanon against a vehicle with United Nations peacekeepers, after Lebanese security officials accused it of targeting the car in a Reuters report. What makes the IDF so sure it wasn’t involved?

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that a new arms package from the US includes 1,800 MK-84 2,000-pound bombs and 500 MK-82 500-pound bombs, along with 25 F-35s that were initially approved as part of a larger package by Congress in 2008. What is the timing on delivery and will these bombs likely be used in Gaza, or potentially in Lebanon?

The fighting in Gaza’s Shifa Hospital has been ongoing for the past two weeks. Instead of being an embarrassment for Israel that hundreds of terrorists regrouped in the semi-notorious medical center, Fabian proposes that Israel intended to lay a trap.

A historic High Court of Justice interim order Thursday evening bars the government from providing funds to ultra-Orthodox yeshivas for students eligible for IDF enlistment — as the legal framework for deferring their military service no longer exists as of tonight at midnight. But is the IDF even remotely ready to begin drafting tens of thousands of Haredi youth?

For the latest updates, please see The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Live blog March 31, 2024

IDF officer lightly hurt in terror stabbing at Beersheba central bus station

Terrorist who fired on vehicles in West Bank last week turns self in

IDF denies Lebanese claim it struck vehicle carrying UN peacekeepers

US approves transfer of over 2,000 bombs, 25 F-35s to Israel — report

IDF, Shin Bet say several senior Hamas terrorists killed as Shifa op continues

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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