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 46 of the war. Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and reporter Gavriel Fiske join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s podcast.
There are unceasing rumors that a hostage deal and/or a ceasefire are close. Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh has released a statement on social media saying the group is close to a “truce” agreement. But as of recording time, official Israel is tightlipped on any such deal and concentrating its PR efforts on displaying proof of Hamas’s use of Shifa Hospital as a base and other evidence found in the ground offensive. Rettig Gur expounds on why Israel is so terrible at public diplomacy — and why this may work in the country’s favor.
Reichman University’s Recanati International school launched its fall semester on Sunday. Fiske was there to speak with several students who left what they felt were antisemitic environments abroad for war-torn Israel.
Finally, Fiske describes Israel’s number one hit song of the moment, “Charbu Darbu,” an angry hip-hop anthem in support of the war with Hamas.
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