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Daily Briefing Oct. 4: Does Israel need a defense treaty with the United States?

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and Zman Israel editor Biranit Goren discuss pros, cons, and likelihood of the Israel-US Mutual Defense treaty, as well as Yesh Atid’s new primaries

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.

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig-Gur and Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren join host Anne Gordon for today’s podcast.

The holiday of Sukkot is often heralded as a time to celebrate all of the nations of the world — Israel has parades and performances to that effect. It therefore seems fitting to discuss an important element of Israel’s foreign affairs — specifically, the possible defense pact between Israel and the United States. Both Israelis and Americans have mixed feelings about the potential treaty, and US involvement may now be complicated further, in light of US Rep. Keven McCarthy’s departure from his position as speaker of the House of Representatives. Goren and Rettig Gur unpack what it all means.

And a new development on the home front too — Yesh Atid, the party of Opposition Leader Yair Lapid, will be holding primary elections — and Lapid is being challenged for the leadership, at least officially. Goren and Rettig Gur explain why Lapid has put his job up for grabs.

Discussed articles include:

Gallant to meet US counterpart in Washington, after Netanyahu’s sit-down with Biden

‘Basic framework’ in place for Israel-Saudi normalization, US says

In first, Yesh Atid to hold leadership election; MK Ram Ben Barak to challenge Lapid

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