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 senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and our environment reporter Sue Surkes, along with producer Raoul Wootliff in the host’s chair.
On today’s show, we focus on the devastating oil spill that coated Israel’s coast this week with thick black tar.
Is this the biggest ecological disaster in Israel’s history? What’s the extent of the damage and how long will it take to clean up? What do we know about the cause? How ready were the authorities to deal with a disaster of this magnitude? And, what’s the likelihood of it happening again?
Turning to Israeli politics, we look at Rettig Gur’s profile of the Otzma Yehudit leader, No. 3 on the Religious Zionism party slate, Itamar Ben Gvir, and ask — is he really a Kahanist? And why is Netanyahu pushing him into the Knesset?
Finally, looking for some light amid the black tar, we hear about an Israeli miracle cure for tar-covered sea turtles, and find out how the public can get involved in the cleanup efforts.