ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 144

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Daily Briefing Oct 18: Day 12 of war – Biden in Israel & truth about the Gaza strike

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman on the crumbling Palestinian narrative about the Gaza hospital explosion and the social media blame game

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.

Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.

An explosion at the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in the Gaza Strip last night killed hundreds, maybe. There are different versions of who is to blame for the disaster and how many people died. Berman and Rettig Gur weigh in on the facts and the fury on social media, as Israel’s evidence that Islamic Jihad was responsible mounts and US President Joe Biden endorses it.

Biden is in Israel. The hospital disaster has cast a pall over his solidarity visit and his planned meetings with leaders of neighboring states have already been canceled. Berman explains.

Rettig Gur talks about an interview he conducted with the head of Israel’s mobile Crime Scene Investigation Unit. Be warned, graphic violence is described.

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

Discussed articles include:

Live blog October 18, 2023

Haters won’t be swayed, but Hamas lies about Gaza hospital blast are being exposed

Israel says Islamic Jihad rocket misfire caused blast near Gaza hospital

Biden to ask ‘tough questions as a friend’ on Israel visit overshadowed by Gaza blast

IDF presents evidence misfired Gazan rocket caused hospital blast, slams Hamas ‘lies’

In Tel Aviv, Biden pins blame for Gaza hospital blast on ‘the other team’

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: 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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