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 political reporter Tal Schneider and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
On Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin tapped Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid to attempt to forge a new coalition. Can the former opposition leader herd the disparate parties together to get the numbers needed for a unity government?
Israel is on the line to purchase some 10 million superfluous vaccine doses from the Swiss-British company AstraZeneca. Berman explains the options the country has in getting rid of them — none of them good.
For the past several years, the United States has been mediating between Israel and Lebanon over the two Mediterranean countries’ maritime border. Find out why this is significant.
And finally, Rhode Island-native Berman gives an ode to his home state to honor its independence day.