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Daily Briefing May 7: With 14 dead in a week, what’s sparking the spike in violence?

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian on rise in murders, shooting of Dee terrorists and BlueWhale submarine; environment reporter Sue Surkes on failed obligations and Tolerance Museum

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.

Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian and environment reporter Sue Surkes join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

To start the program, the panel weighs in briefly with thoughts on King Charles III’s coronation yesterday.

Unfortunately, over this weekend, there were numerous reports of violent incidents and murder. Fabian puts the numbers in the context of the past bloody week, as well as the total murdered this year.

On Thursday, two Palestinians accused of killing Lucy Dee and her daughters Maia and Rina in a shooting attack in the Jordan Valley last month were shot dead by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Nablus along with a third Palestinian gunman. Leo Dee, the husband and father of the victims, said he was grateful the operation was “done in a way that has not endangered the lives of Israeli soldiers, nor innocent Palestinian civilians — in a way that only the Israeli army knows how to do.” Fabian explains how the operation was carried out.

Last week Surkes wrote about two environmental reports that indicate that Israel isn’t living up to its promises. The first reviewed existing data through the end of 2021 and states that Israel isn’t fulfilling its global warming emissions targets. The second report discusses an ombudsman’s findings on pesticide misuse and lack of environmental enforcement. She describes a dire situation.

For years, Surkes has followed the building and promised opening of the Tolerance Museum in Jerusalem. When will it finally be opening its doors?

Israel Aerospace Industries announced Thursday that it has been developing its first large autonomous underwater vehicle. It’s called BlueWhale and it is meant to gather covert intelligence and detect enemy threats. Fabian describes its capabilities.

Discussed articles include:

The Royal Family’s 800-year relationship with Britain’s Jews, in 7 historical tidbits

Young Arab man shot dead in apparent brawl on northern road; another killed in Acre

‘Scores settled’: IDF kills Palestinians who allegedly shot dead 3 Dee family members

Israel falling far behind its own global warming emissions targets

Number of Israelis harmed by pollution more than doubled in past decade — ombudsman

Climate bill delayed as Energy Ministry argues it should head panel on emission cuts

Tolerance Museum, a ‘people’s parliament,’ will partially open in mid-May

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils BlueWhale unmanned spy submarine

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