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Daily Briefing Oct. 11 – Can NIS 35 billion effect change in the Arab community?

Arab affairs writer Aaron Boxerman and political correspondent Tal Schneider discuss planned funding for Arab cities and minister Elazar Stern’s document-shredding admission

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.

Today’s guests are political correspondent Tal Schneider and Arab affairs writer Aaron Boxerman, with Jessica Steinberg hosting.

Schneider offers the scoop on Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern of Yesh Atid and his media apologies on Sunday regarding his comment about having shredded anonymous complaints while IDF manpower chief.

Boxerman follows with a look at the history and plans for nearly NIS 35 billion ($10.3 billion) in the government budget for the Arab community over the next five years.

He and Schneider discuss the deep, pervasive needs in Arab villages and cities, including the ongoing internal violence and a lack of options for many Arab citizens.

Schneider speaks about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit in Israel, which didn’t include any time spent with former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a n ostensible surprise given their long working relationship.

Finally, Boxerman relates what happened at a meeting of an Arab-Jewish group in Jerusalem Sunday night, a surprisingly friendly gathering of conversationalists.

Discussed articles include:

Ex-soldier says Elazar Stern threatened her for claiming sex assault by officer

As unprecedented billions planned for under-served Arabs, devil’s in the details

Merkel on farewell trip: Israel’s security will always be a priority for Germany

Laying a wreath at Yad Vashem, Merkel says museum is a ‘reminder’ and ‘warning’

Bennett said to tell Merkel Israel wants to advance controversial submarine deal

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