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Daily Briefing May 27: Day 234 – Hamas calls to ‘rise up’ after deadly airstrike in Rafah

Editor David Horovitz on the competing narratives after an IDF attack that targeted Hamas commanders – against the backdrop of Friday’s International Court of Justice order

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 234 of the war with Hamas. Editor David Horovitz joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today’s episode.

The commander of Hamas’s so-called “West Bank headquarters” and another top official in the terror group were killed in last night’s Israeli airstrike in Rafah, according to the IDF. The strike, according to Hamas health officials, killed some 35 people. In the wake of the strike, Hamas said that Palestinians must “rise up and march” against the Israeli army’s “massacre” in Gaza’s southernmost city. How seriously we should take this call to march from Hamas?

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said this morning that he will ask the other 26 European Union member states to express official backing of the International Court of Justice and take steps to ensure Israel respects its decisions. What other international reactions are we seeing in light of last night’s strike?

Hamas fired eight rockets at central Israel yesterday afternoon, marking the most significant attack out of the Gaza Strip in some four months and underscoring some of the challenges remaining for the Israeli military as it seeks to oust the Palestinian group from its last major stronghold. While some MKs call for the IDF chief of staff’s ouster, Horovitz explains what these rockets from Rafah may represent.

National Unity leader and war cabinet minister Benny Gantz submitted Sunday morning to the cabinet secretariat a proposal for the government to establish a state commission of inquiry into the events surrounding the October 7 Hamas invasion and massacre and the subsequent, ongoing war in Gaza. Too soon?

The Israeli military’s envoy to negotiations aimed at freeing hostages held in Gaza expressed hopelessness over the chances of reaching a deal with the current government at the helm, according to a report on Sunday, the latest in a series of apparently leaked statements broadcasting the IDF general’s frustration with Jerusalem’s refusal to move closer to Hamas’s position in negotiations. What agenda is this leak serving?

The B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem gave awards to two Israeli journalists on Sunday evening at an annual ceremony recognizing excellence in reporting on Diaspora Jewry. The two reporters recognized were Canaan Lidor, The Times of Israel’s Jewish World reporter, and Channel 12’s Europe correspondent Elad Simchayoff.

Former Israeli government spokesman Eylon Levy gave a keynote address at the event, calling for the creation of an elite unit of professional spokespeople in all languages and all time zones. If you will it, it is no dream?

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

Discussed articles include:

IDF says it targeted Hamas as Palestinians claim 35 dead in strike on Gaza’s Rafah

Rafah rocket volley targets Tel Aviv area, in first such attack in 4 months

IDF negotiator said to pan PM’s handling of hostage talks as they’re set to resume

Gantz submits proposal for state investigation into October 7 invasion and Gaza war

ToI’s Lidor, Channel 12’s Simchayoff receive B’nai B’rith Diaspora coverage awards

The stunning rise, curious suspension and insistent return of Israel’s star spokesman

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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