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Daily Briefing May 26: Day 233 – After ICJ ruling, Rafah op continues unabated

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian delves into the risky recovery of three hostages’ bodies, warning letters the PM got ahead of Oct. 7, ‘mutiny’ in the ranks and aid pier problems

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.

It is day 233 of the war with Hamas. Military reporter Emanuel Fabian joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today’s episode.

The Israel Defense Forces recovered the bodies of three more hostages from the northern Gaza Strip in an overnight operation, the military announced Friday morning. Orión Hernández Radoux, 30, Hanan Yablonka, 42, and Michel Nisenbaum, 59, were all killed on October 7, according to “reliable intelligence.” Fabian conveys what we know of this risky operation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received four communiques from the Military Intelligence Directorate in the spring and summer of 2023 warning him about how the country’s enemies were viewing the upheaval in Israeli society at the time. Why did the IDF reveal these letters now and what did they contain?

The Friday publication of a video of an apparent Israel Defense Forces reservist threatening mutiny if the government doesn’t pursue “complete victory” over Hamas has sparked strong condemnations. How is the prime minister’s son involved and what is happening now with the alleged reservist?

There are a spate of rumors being reported by some media outlets about an alleged kidnapping of an IDF soldier. Fabian attempts to bring clarity.

Following the International Court of Justice ruling on Friday, has fighting changed in Rafah?

The US-built aid pier was meant to be a game-changer in bringing hundreds of trucks of humanitarian aid to Gazan residents. We hear about some recent growing pains.

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

Discussed articles include:

IDF recovers bodies of three hostages from north Gaza; all were killed on October 7

IDF says Netanyahu was warned 4 times in 2023 about how enemies saw internal discord

Politicians slam pro-Netanyahu reservist’s ‘dangerous’ call for mutiny; suspect held

IDF denies Hamas claim terror group captured soldiers during Gaza fighting

IDF presses ahead with Rafah offensive after World Court’s ambiguous halt order

US naval vessels disconnect from Gaza aid pier, wash up on Israeli beaches

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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