Daily Briefing October 24 – What prompted Bennett to spend the weekend in Sochi?
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, Sunday through Thursday.
Guests on today’s podcast are diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and Arab affairs reporter Aaron Boxerman, hosted by Jessica Steinberg.
Berman discusses Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Friday meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and his own conversation with Soviet-born Knesset Minister Zeev Elkin, who serves as the prime minister’s translator while in Russia .
Boxerman offers some clarification on Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s surprise announcement on Friday declaring six Palestinian human rights groups “terrorist organizations,” which took the groups by surprise in a still-unfolding situation.
Boxerman is also briefing auditors on the state of the coronavirus and vaccinations in the Palestinian territories, where financial incentives have helped increase the number of vaccinated.
Berman talks about the Indian Foreign Minister’s five-day visit to Israel last week, with an in-depth review of the planned Arab-Mediterranean corridor that would form a regional economic network.
Articles discussed include:
Bennett ends his trip to Russia and receives an invitation from Putin to return
Gantz declares six Palestinian rights groups “terrorist organizations”
Palestinian rights groups push back after Israel bans 6 over terrorism charges
Expanded Israeli-Indian relations begin to take shape, after Netanyahu-Modi bromance