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Daily Briefing Oct 23: Day 17 of war – Ground op’s delay could increase its success

Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian on what’s happening on all borders, strike on mosque in Jenin; reporter Sue Surkes on massive volunteer efforts, Thai workers, fallen reservist

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.

Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian and reporter Sue Surkes join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

The New York Times has reported that the IDF’s expected ground incursion following the invasion of Hamas terrorist soldiers on October 7 is again delayed, this time because the White House wants Israel to allow more time for negotiations over the hostages held by terrorists in Gaza and for aid to enter the Strip. How may this affect the success of the ground operation?

Fabian updates us on what’s been happening on all of Israel’s borders. The IDF has called for the evacuation of 14 more settlements in the north. On the Gaza border, we have been seeing a holding pattern in the past few days. There are again reports of strikes on Syria and according to foreign reports, both the Aleppo and Damascus airports are out of commission. How do these alleged strikes help staunch conflict in the north?

Yesterday morning, Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on the al-Ansari mosque in Jenin. What was suspected and then uncovered under this mosque?

Surkes describes her trip to the Expo Tel Aviv International Conference Center, a hive and hub of social activism during this war effort.

Some 30,000 Thai farmhands were employed in Israel until the war with Hamas broke out, with around 5,000 of them working in communities close to the Gaza Strip, where 75% of the country’s vegetables are grown. Surkes gives us an update on what is happening with them.

We hear about reserve captain Sagi Golan, who was killed 13 days before his wedding to his boyfriend. He is part of our ongoing series, Those We Have Lost, stories of civilians and soldiers who have fallen since October 7.

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

Discussed articles include:

Live blog October 23, 2023

Soldier killed, 3 hurt following Hamas attack on troops near Gaza

IDF hits 4 more Hezbollah squads as 14 more communities evacuated on Lebanon border

Israeli strikes said to knock Damascus, Aleppo airports out of commission

IDF carries out airstrike on terror cell at Jenin mosque planning ‘murderous attack’

In stunning response, 15,000 volunteers fill leadership vacuum to help victims of Hamas

Thai laborers, the ‘working hands’ of Israeli farming, pay with blood

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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