Daily Briefing May 16 – Trying to clear the fog of the Hamas-Israel war

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 editor David Horovitz and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, along with host Raoul Wootliff.

On today’s show, after a week of Hamas attacks on Israel and IDF counterstrikes in Gaza, we look at the latest developments, and what’s driving them. What are the goals of both sides? What has been achieved so far? Is a ceasefire imminent?

In one of the most controversial incidents of recent days, an Israeli airstrike flattened a tower in Gaza City that housed offices of the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media outlets. The IDF warned occupants of the building before the strike, giving them time to evacuate, and says it was a legitimate military target. But is merely making that claim sufficient?

Finally, we look at the US administration’s role, and ask whether President Joe Biden has been missing in action.

Discussed articles include:

Heavy rocket fire hits center, south; Hamas leader’s home targeted in IAF strike

While Israel makes tactical gains, Hamas is proving the strategic victor

While all eyes are on Gaza, Gaza is only half the story

‘No ceasefire yet’: Israel said to want IDF to complete ‘missions’ against Hamas

IDF fells Gaza tower used by media outlets, says it housed Hamas military assets

IDF spokesman denies deliberately misleading press on nonexistent Gaza invasion

Netanyahu assures Biden that Israel is seeking to limit Gaza civilian casualties

In their first phone call, Abbas urges Biden to intervene, stop Israeli attacks

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