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Daily Briefing Sept. 18: Was this just the defining moment of the 2022 elections?

Carrie Keller-Lynn on sinking Arab parties and good things that come to rebels who wait; military correspondent Emanuel Fabian on whether Iranian forces are leaving Syria

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 Carrie Keller-Lynn and military correspondent Emanuel Fabian join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

Ahead of the November 1 elections, political parties’ candidate lists were filed on Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday night ended with what Keller-Lynn calls potentially the most pivotal moment of the elections. What happened?

Also earlier last week, we finally found out where the so-called rebel MKs would land for these elections. What did Likud offer former Yamina MKs Amichai Chikli and Idit Silman?

Israeli authorities were set Sunday to reopen two checkpoints between Israel and the northern West Bank that were closed last week after two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at troops along the security barrier, killing Maj. Bar Falah, 30, the deputy commander of the elite Nahal reconnaissance unit. We learn whether these closures are a deterrence.

Military chief Aviv Kohavi is scheduled to travel to France and Poland this week to meet with his counterparts from the two European nations and discuss the Iranian threat and Hezbollah. What should we expect from this?

A senior Israel Defense Forces officer told reporters on Thursday that the military has identified that Hezbollah and other Iran-backed militias in Syria are beginning to withdraw from the region following a series of airstrikes attributed to Israel in recent weeks. But we’ve heard this before: Israeli defense officials have made such claims previously, most recently in 2020. What’s the scoop?

A large sinkhole opened on the main highway in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, causing traffic chaos in the city. There were no injuries and it has since been repaired. But Israelis being Israelis began publishing memes. Let’s hear some of them.

Discussed articles include:

Arab-led Joint List splits into 2 factions, shuffling political deck at last minute

Netanyahu adds former rebel MKs who downed Bennett government to his Likud slate

Israel to reopen northern West Bank checkpoints, days after deadly gun battle

IDF chief Kohavi heads to France and Poland to discuss Iranian threat, Hezbollah

Senior officer: Iranian-backed forces withdrawing from Syria due to IDF strikes

Ayalon reopens after sinkhole sealed, HaShalom exit to remain closed until Tuesday

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