Daily Briefing July 25: Israeli government still at work; tourist tanks in Ukraine
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.
Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman, on the ground in Ukraine, join host Anne Gordon in today’s episode.
With the dissolution of the Israeli government on June 30 and the next elections on November 1, how does the country operate? Rettig Gur explains how the outgoing government continues to function, even when it no longer exists altogether. Key issues include the education budget for the new academic year and the appointment of the next IDF chief of staff.
Berman recounts his experience in Kyiv suburbs and Old Kyiv, where Ukrainians made destroyed Russian tanks a tourist event for their children.
He also updates us on his conversation with Israel‘s Ambassador to Ukraine, Michael Brodsky, discusses Uman for Jews wishing to travel there for Rosh Hashanah, and sheds light on the long history of Ukraine’s relations with neighboring Russia.
Items discussed include:
According to the Ministry of Education, 5,600 teaching positions remain vacant ahead of the school year
Teachers end strike and resume negotiations with Treasury
Gantz narrows race for IDF chief of staff to two candidates
Rage and pride lure Ukrainian families to visit destroyed Russian tanks
Sent: No final decision from Kyiv on Uman pilgrimage, but Jews urged to stay away
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