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Daily Briefing Oct 17: Day 11 of war – Biden to visit Israel, as some US citizens leave

US bureau chief Jacob Magid discusses US involvement in Hamas hostage negotiations and Canaan Lidor reports from Netivot, Ofakim and Haifa’s port

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.

US bureau chief Jacob Magid and religion and Diaspora reporter Canaan Lidor join host Jessica Steinberg on today’s episode.

Magid reports on the US involvement in hostage negotiations through the UN, Qatar, Egypt and Turkey, given the lack of direct relations with Hamas. He also discusses the US push for Israel to have a longer-term plan for the Gaza Strip, after Hamas is toppled.

Lidor describes US citizens boarding a ship at Haifa port as part of US evacuation efforts.

Magid adds more information about US President Joe Biden’s decision to make a brief solidarity visit to Israel Wednesday.

Lidor speaks about his interviews in the southern town of Netivot, where poverty interferes with some residents’ desire to take a break after the Hamas onslaught and ongoing rocket fire.

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

Discussed articles include:

Live blog October 17, 2023

Biden to make wartime ‘solidarity’ visit to Israel on Wednesday

US pressing Israel to devise strategy for scenario of Hamas’s rule being toppled

IDF notifies relatives of 199 people that their loved ones are Gaza hostages

At Haifa port, evacuating Israeli-Americans feel torn between family and country

In Netivot, poverty compounds the problems of a battered border city

In order to cook for tens of thousands, Tel Aviv restaurants kasher their kitchens

The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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