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 diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
We begin with reports of a leaked Biden administration memo titled “The US Palestinian Reset and the Path Forward,” which found its way to United Arab Emirates’ press last week. Could the timing of this leak be a form of United States election tampering?
US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin recently had a well-publicized round of name-calling. What exactly is going on — and will Israel be caught in the middle?
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met with Russian FM Sergei Levrov last week in Moscow — a day after the Hezbollah FM also called. Coincidence? Berman gives a preview of a piece he’s writing this week.
Finally, Israeli elections are set for Tuesday and advanced polling has closed. Rettig Gur explains what we know — and what we don’t. He also illuminates a curious and costly aborted election stunt that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign team orchestrated on early Friday morning outside of Yamina head Naftali Bennett’s house, which Bennett claimed cost taxpayers some NIS 500,000.