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PODCAST: Daily Briefing, Feb. 9 — Is the US blinking on Golan recognition?

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 founding editor David Horovitz and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

As the new US administration makes further clear breaks with former president Donald Trump on Israel, we look at US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s latest statement on (not?) recgarding Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights. Can Trump’s Israel legacy outlast President Joe Biden’s transition?

Blinken also announced that the US will rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council, which Trump left in 2018, in part because of a perceived bias against Israel. How does the Jewish state feel about this renewed cooperation?

Israel is experiencing a surge in anti-vaxx sentiment as the vaccination drive slows. Why is this, and how are the authorities dealing with it?

Discussed articles include:

Blinken supports Israel holding Golan, but backs off recognizing sovereignty

Blinken says US returning to ‘flawed’ UN Human Rights Council

No longer US ambassador, David Friedman is sticking to his sledgehammers

Jerusalem mayor warns unvaccinated Arabs they won’t be able to go to mosque

As demand for vaccines plummets, Israel may resort to incentive programs

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