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Daily Briefing Nov 17: Day 42 – IDF finds bodies of two female hostages at Shifa

Political correspondent Tal Schneider discusses IDF discovery in Gaza and polls, as legal reporter Jeremy Sharon talks about violence of Jewish settlers and pro-ceasefire TLV rally

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.

Today is day 42 of the war. Political correspondent Tal Schneider and legal and settlements reporter Jeremy Sharon join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Schneider discusses the IDF’s discovery of the bodies of two female hostages, Yehudit Weiss and soldier Noa Marciano, based on data that was found and collected in the Shifa Hospital compound.

Sharon talks about physical assaults against Palestinians in the West Bank by some extremist settlers and IDF reservists who harass the communities, hoping to force them to leave.

Schneider looks at a poll from Channel 12, an unusual move for a wartime period, showing that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity has plummeted and National Unity leader Benny Gantz has taken the lead, after he entered the war cabinet “to help the country, not help Netanyahu.”

Sharon speaks about a rally planned for Tel Aviv on Saturday night calling for a ceasefire, and being allowed by police after a prolonged legal battle, but with certain limitations in place.

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

Discussed articles include:

Live blog November 17, 2023

Military recovers bodies of two Israeli hostages in area of Gaza’s Shifa Hospital

Facing violence and harassment, hundreds of Palestinians flee West Bank villages

Poll finds Netanyahu would be trounced by Gantz were elections held today

Police agree to Tel Aviv protest calling for ceasefire following High Court hearing

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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