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 deputy editor Josh Davidovich and environmental reporter Sue Surkes, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
Israeli Environmental Minister Gila Gamliel announced yesterday that the cause of the massive environmental disaster that hit Israel’s shores in mid-February was a ship called the Emerald, calling it “environmental terrorism” on the part of Iran. What exactly was going on there?
We discuss the ongoing cleanup efforts to make Israel’s shoreline safe for visits and the “traffic light” system the government has implemented.
Surkes visited the National Sea Turtle Rescue Center this week and caught up with efforts there to save a handful of rare species — using mayonnaise. She discusses the center’s work in general and shares a couple of colorful nicknames.
The NBA’s Washington Wizards are celebrating Jewish Heritage Night on Thursday night with a special performance of the United States national anthem sung by Israeli pop star Kobi Aflalo. Davidovich provides an update on what else is Israeli about the Wizards.
David Mintz, the inventor of Tofutti, died this week aged 99. The panel remembers the luscious ice cream and salutes the great man of pareve desserts.