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 podcast guests are diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and Arab affairs reporter Aaron Boxerman, with Jessica Steinberg hosting.
Berman discusses Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Friday meeting with Russian premier Vladimir Putin, and his own conversation with Soviet-born Knesset minister Ze’ev Elkin, who serves as the prime minister’s translator when in Russia.
Boxerman offers some insights as to Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s surprise announcement on Friday declaring six Palestinian human rights groups “terror organizations,” which caught the groups by surprise in a situation that is still unfolding.
Boxerman also updates listeners about the status of the coronavirus and vaccinations in the Palestinian territories, where financial incentives have helped bring the vaccinated numbers up.
Berman speaks about last week’s five-day visit of India’s foreign minister to Israel, with an in-depth look at the planned Arabian-Mediterranean Corridor that would form a regional economic network.
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