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 diplomacy reporter Lazar Berman and Palestinian and Arab affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
Berman gives us an update on the International Criminal Court’s announced war crimes investigation. The start date of the probe is June 13, 2014 — immediately after the kidnapping and brutal murder of teens Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel. Coincidence? And Boxerman explains why both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are elated that the ICC is going ahead with the probe.
Israel launched a vaccination campaign for 120,000 Palestinians who work in the Jewish state and settlements on Monday. Boxerman was there and gives his impressions, including the lack of “fake news,” even as Arab Israeli communities are among the lowest vaccinated.
Violent crime in Arab areas is at unprecedented levels and some 10,000 Israelis gathered in Umm al-Fahm on Friday in protest. One Israeli politician — MK Mansour Abbas — was resoundingly rebuffed. Why?
Finally, Berman gives us a teaser of a nuanced “think piece” he published this week.