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Daily Briefing Sept. 12 – A farcical escape and a dramatic recapture

Science reporter Nathan Jeffay discusses effects of Rosh Hashanah’s Uman pilgrimage on COVID numbers, while founding editor David Horovitz handles Gilboa prisoner capture and Iran

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 guests are founding editor David Horovitz and science and health reporter Nathan Jeffay, with Jessica Steinberg hosting.

Horovitz fills us in on the events of the last six days, as four of the six Palestinian security prisoners were captured over the weekend after having escaped last Monday from a high-security jail in northern Israel. Two of the fugitives are still at large, and an overhaul of the prison system is also in prospect.

Jeffay updates us about a possible, significant drop in COVID-19 numbers, looking at the effects of the third vaccination shot, the start of the school year and the return of religious pilgrims from Uman, the Ukrainian town where thousands travel to over Rosh Hashanah.

We also talk about Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s call for the international community to act immediately against Iran, after a report that it has dramatically increased its production of highly enriched uranium in recent months and is not allowing full inspection of its activities.

Finally, we end on a more positive note, with Jeffay’s update about his interview with a Muslim British doctor who traveled to Israel to help Israeli doctors successfully separate twins conjoined at the head.

Discussed articles include:

Exhausted, out of food: How 4 fugitives were caught, with help of Arab Israelis

As manhunt continues, minister concerned fugitives could stage attack

COVID spread appears to ebb, fueling optimism for end of Delta blitz

Bennett calls for ‘rapid international action’ against Iran’s enrichment surge

‘Unbelievable joy’: In Israeli 1st, doctors separate heads of conjoined twins

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