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Daily Briefing Nov 21: Day 46 – How Israel’s poor public diplomacy may help it win the war

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur on strategic reasons why Israel doesn’t explain itself in palatable terms; reporter Gavriel Fiske on foreign students fleeing antisemitism to Israel

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.

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

Discussed articles include:

Live blog November 21, 2023

Antisemitic incidents surged globally since Oct. 7 but most aren’t reported. Here’s why

Hip-hop war anthem reaches number one in Israel

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Stories of 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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