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 Palestinian affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
Late Tuesday night, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh declared a victory in the battle for Jerusalem, saying that Jerusalem was the axis of the conflict. But is this current flare-up, which has seen over 1,000 rockets and mortars shot from the Gaza Strip, really about the holy city?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared a state of emergency in the Jewish-Arab city of Lod following violence and rioting, including arson that destroyed a synagogue. Mayor Yair Revivo compared the events to the 1938 Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany.
The much-awaited Pew Report on American Jewry came out amid the ongoing conflict. We start analyzing the 250-page survey and give a few highlights.
For more on the ongoing conflict please join the Times of Israel Community for a special live session tonight: Israel under fire: Join ToI Community for live Q&A with our senior editors.