Times of Israel Podcast

PODCAST: Daily Briefing, Feb. 23 — Likud recruits PLO for its election campaign?

Tune in Sunday through Thursday to hear ToI editors and reporters quickly catch you up on what’s important today

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 panel comprises Times of Israel editor David Horovitz and our Hebrew sister site’s political correspondent Tal Schneider, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

In an effort coordinated by the Israeli Health Ministry and the IDF Central Command, Magen David Adom paramedics set up a vaccination station in East Jerusalem at the Qalandiya Checkpoint to give residents behind the security barrier an opportunity to get the shot. Horovitz fills us in, and gives cautious hope for the fight on the worldwide level.

According to reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is reaching out to the Palestinian Authority through Druze MK Fateen Mulla to urge Arab Israelis to vote Likud. What is going on here?

Some 130 former IDF defense officials, including former prime minister Ehud Barak, have written an open letter asking Defense Minister Benny Gantz to pull his Blue and White party out of the Knesset campaign. Schneider explains why, due to a change in legislation, it is not as simple as that.

The Netanyahu trial has been delayed until April 5. Horovitz and Schneider have differing opinions on whether this is fair.

Discussed articles include:

Israel starts vaccinating its East Jerusalem residents beyond security barrier

Likud said in touch with PA, asking help to get Arab Israeli votes for Netanyahu

Sa’ar slams Netanyahu over reported Likud outreach to PLO ahead of election

130 former top defense officials call on Gantz to pull out of election

Evidence stage of Netanyahu’s trial postponed until after elections

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