September 28 Daily Briefing: Iran plays role in US-IDF exercise; Israel condemns Russian referendums

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.

Joining host Amanda Borschel-Dan are military correspondent Emanuel Fabian and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman.

During our Wednesday morning taping, the IDF entered Jenin for a military raid in which at least three Palestinian gunmen were killed. Fabian gives the context.

During the two-day Rosh Hashanah holiday, clashes also took place on the Temple Mount and in East Jerusalem. What was the spark this time around and how long should they go on?

As Berman reported to the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, British Prime Minister Liz Truss told Prime Minister Yair Lapid that she was considering moving the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. How seriously should we take this?

We are looking at what is happening right now in Ukraine. After a series of contentious referendums for a merger with Russia in the occupied Ukrainian territories, officials from three of those regions have claimed victory – amid international condemnation of the sham polls. How is Israel reacting and is it a more decisive position than what we have seen before?

Fabian recently reported on a four-day joint Israeli-US naval exercise in the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea that included US naval drones. Although Iran has no coastline along the Red Sea, the exercise – dubbed “digital shield” – had a significant Iranian bent. Fabien explains why.

Items discussed include:

Palestinian gunmen ‘planning major attacks’ killed in Jenin clash with troops

Police clash with protesters in East Jerusalem for third night in a row

Britain’s prime minister tells Lapid she’s considering moving the UK embassy to Jerusalem

Israel rejects annexation votes in occupied Ukraine as Russian proxies claim victory

US, NATO pledge support for Ukraine after ‘diabolical’ Russian annexation votes

Zelensky ‘shocked’ by lack of Israeli defense support: ‘They didn’t give us anything’

Israel, US wrap up four-day exercise in Red Sea with naval drones

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