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Daily Briefing Sept. 14: Why Lapid got vague in Berlin; West Bank’s newest settlers

Political correspondent Tal Schneider gives a mixed review of PM Lapid’s trip and delves into the rise of Israeli arms exports; settlements reporter Jeremy Sharon on Arab violence

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.

Political correspondent Tal Schneider and settlements reporter Jeremy Sharon join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s podcast.

On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Yair Lapid said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting that the purpose of his visit to Berlin was “to coordinate positions on the [Iranian] nuclear program and finalize the details on a strategic, economic and security cooperation document, which we are about to sign with them.” Did Lapid meet his goals?

Lapid is the son of well-known Holocaust survivor Tommy Lapid. He was accompanied by several survivors on the trip, one of whom was shocked when she saw the German soldiers. Schneider tells us more.

Schneider, who recently wrote about the sharp uptick in Israeli defense exports, explains how the trip to Germany was also tied to a deal regarding the purchase of Israel’s Arrow 3 system, one of the most advanced air defense systems in the country’s arsenal. Which other countries are purchasing?

The country mourned the double murder of a mother and her daughter in Lod last week, Manar and Khadar Hajaj. Sharon recently spoke with the head of the Abraham Initiatives about fighting crime in the Arab sector. Surprisingly, he is positive.

Finally, Sharon brought us the case of some 50 families who have swapped war-torn Ukraine or politically repressive Russia for a hotbed of conflict in the West Bank. Is this a new trend?

Discussed articles include:

In Germany, Lapid says he gave Scholz ‘sensitive’ information on Iran nuke program

In Berlin, Lapid comforts Holocaust survivor who froze at sight of German soldiers

Israel eases restrictions on defense exports but refuses to disclose its customers

Daughter of slain Lod woman unable to attend funeral due to ongoing threat to life

Switching conflicts: The Jews leaving Ukraine and Russia for the West Bank

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