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 Startup Israel editor Ricky Ben-David, with Jessica Steinberg hosting.
Horovitz opens today’s podcast with a description of the jailbreak at Gilboa Prison, in which six high-profile Palestinian prisoners escaped in the early hours of Monday, exposing staggering weaknesses in the Israeli prison system and putting a major terrorist leader back on the streets.
Ben-David explains the potentially dramatic banking reforms that will pave the way for more competitive rates and new financial services for customers, part of the Economic Arrangements Bill of the state budget that passed its first reading last week.
Horovitz also briefly discusses the UN report showing that Iran has dramatically increased its production of highly enriched uranium in recent months while refusing to resume full cooperation with inspectors, and how Israel and the US differ in their response to Tehran’s nuclear march.
Finally, Ben-David discussed Mobileye’s potentially revolutionary pilot for autonomous taxis and ride-hailing services, due to be launched in Munich and Tel Aviv next year.
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