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Daily Briefing Nov. 23: Day 48 – Is hostage release delay more psychological warfare?

Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren on difficulties in making a deal with terror group and why Hezbollah may join truce; Tech Israel editor Sharon Wrobel on economic costs of war

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Today is day 48 of the war. Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren and Tech Israel editor Sharon Wrobel join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s podcast.

Seventy IDF soldiers have fallen during the Gaza ground offensive as of this morning. Instead of an expected ceasefire that was meant to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, the hostage release deal has been pushed off until Friday, according to reports. We hear from Goren how this played out.

Wrobel reported this week that the war with the Hamas terror group is costing Israel at least NIS 1 billion ($269 million) per day. How was this figure arrived at?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich on Monday agreed to extend the tenure of Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron for a second term following months of speculation. But who convinced whom here?

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

Discussed articles include:

Live blog November 23, 2023

War with Hamas costs NIS 1b a day, hitting economy harder than previous conflicts

Worker absence due to war poses main hurdle for manufacturers – survey

Bank of Israel head agrees to 2nd term following nod from Netanyahu and Smotrich

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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