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Daily Briefing Nov. 14 – Why is Turkey detaining two Israeli bus drivers?

ToI editor David Horovitz and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman discuss detainees in Istanbul, US firefighters in Israel, and religious affairs

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.

ToI founding editor David Horovitz and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman are joined today by host Jessica Steinberg.

Horovitz and Berman first discuss the possible diplomatic reasons behind the Turkish government’s detaining of a Modiin couple — a pair of Egged bus drivers, who, as tourists, photographed the presidential palace in Istanbul.

Berman offers a brief snapshot of a delegation of American firefighters who came to Israel for five days of training and learning, after working with IDF rescuers at the Surfside, Florida, building collapse site.

Horovitz talks about his interview with Modern Orthodox religious services minister Matan Kahana about a range of issues, including bringing ultra-Orthodox men into the workforce earlier, remaking the kosher certification process and bolstering conversion to Judaism.

Discussed articles include:

Turkey weighs charges against Israeli couple detained in Istanbul — TV report

PM on Israelis detained in Turkey: ‘Innocent citizens, we are doing all we can’

After Surfside tragedy, US team visits Israel to develop joint rescue doctrine

An Orthodox minister and his hypocritical ultra-Orthodox critics

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