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Daily Briefing Nov. 10 – Did Israel mistakenly rescue Ethiopian war criminals?

Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman on the war in Ethiopia and Iran’s efforts to destabilize Iraq; military reporter Judah Ari Gross on the uproar over terror designations

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 Judah Ari Gross and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman join host Jessica Steinberg on today’s podcast.

We open with a look at the intensifying war in Ethiopia and its impact on Israel.

After reports that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed angrily complained in a phone call with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that some of those airlifted to Israel were officers involved in war crimes, Israel promised to send back anyone found to have committed such crimes.

We look at how Israel got into this mess, and how it hopes to get out of it.

We assess the impact of claims that cellphones belonging to at least six Palestinian rights activists were hacked using the contentious Israeli cyber-surveillance firm NSO Group’s Pegasus software, and the international criticism of Israel after the government outlawed six Palestinian rights groups, accusing them of acting as fronts for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group.

We analyze the alleged Iranian-linked drone attack on the Iraqi prime minister and ask how destabilization in the country is seen by Israel.

And finally, we hear an update on the recent strikes in Syria attributed to Israel.

Discussed articles include:

Israel said to promise to return Ethiopian immigrants who committed war crimes

Ethiopian PM said to complain 4 war criminals among those airlifted to Israel

Report: Palestinian activists’ phones hacked with controversial NSO Group tech

Europeans on Security Council criticize Israeli blacklisting of Palestinian NGOs

Iran-backed militia launched drone attack targeting Iraq’s PM

Drone strikes Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria – report

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