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 Palestinian and Arab affairs reporter Aaron Boxerman and health reporter Nathan Jeffay, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
To begin with, we find out just who Mansour Abbas, the head of the Arab Israeli party Ra’am, who with four seats in the Knesset arguably holds the key to forming the next government, is. What does Ra’am stand for, and how is its approach similar to ultra-Orthodox parties that have traditionally joined coalitions?
Next, we hear about the devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, and which vaccinations are currently being administered.
Health reporter Jeffay then takes up the gauntlet with a speed round of COVID studies and innovations, including a nasal spray which its inventor Dr. Gilly Regev calls “a hand sanitizer for the nose.”