Daily Briefing Aug. 9 – Will Lapid reap political dividends for Breaking Dawn?

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.

Political correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn and health reporter Nathan Jeffay join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid took to the podium last night to report on the state of the union following the 66-hour Operation Breaking Dawn and addressed the Palestinian people directly. What was his message?

We speak with Keller-Lynn about her analysis of Lapid’s potential political dividends and we hear about the Labor primaries.

Keller-Lynn made a trip to Ashkelon on Sunday, while rockets were still raining down. What did she see?

During Operation Breaking Dawn, Jeffay highlighted the new rocket-proofed hospital at The ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village, located just 40 kilometers — 25 miles — from the Gaza border, next to the city of Ofakim.

We learn about Israeli scientists who are working to develop a “precision weapon” against bowel disorders consisting of viruses that fight bacteria.

And finally, an Israeli lab has grown synthetic mouse embryos with brains and beating hearts — in an egg-free, sperm-free procedure that used stem cells taken from skin.

Discussed articles include:

Lapid offers a new path to residents of Gaza: Livelihood, dignity and peace

Lapid is the Gaza operation’s political winner, but can this be converted to votes?

Labor expected to announce candidate slate on Tuesday evening, following primary

As rockets rain down, many vulnerable Ashkelon residents still lack adequate shelter

Rocket-proof and ready for anything, new hospital near Gaza unfazed by flareup

Israeli scientists developing ‘precision’ viruses that kill bowel-harming bacteria

Using only skin cells, Israeli lab makes synthetic mouse embryos with beating hearts

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