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Daily Briefing Nov. 28 – The politics of the Omicron variant

Health and science reporter Nathan Jeffay and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur discuss the new coronavirus strain and what it means for 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, from Sunday through Thursday.

Health and science reporter Nathan Jeffay and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur join host Jessica Steinberg.

Jeffay discusses what details are already known about the Omicron variant and how government officials are working quickly to control its spread in Israel.

Rettig Gur and Jeffay reflect on the politics of the government’s restrictions and how they will affect the country and economy in the weeks to come.

Discussed articles include:

Full text: Israel’s new rules barring foreign tourists, tightening quarantine

Israel to bar tourists, renew travel quarantine rules to contain Omicron variant

Justice minister: New COVID measures unwarranted without ‘very, very strong reasons’

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