Daily Briefing May 7: With 14 dead in a week, what’s sparking the spike in violence?

Welcome to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world from Sunday through Thursday.

Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian and environment reporter Sue Surkes join host Amanda Borchel-Dann on today’s episode.

To start the programme, the panel weighs in briefly with thoughts on the coronation of King Charles III tomorrow.

Unfortunately, there were several reports of violent incidents and murders this weekend. Fabian puts the numbers together in terms of total murders for the past bloody week as well as this year.

On Thursday, two Palestinians accused of killing Lucy Dee and her daughters Maia and Rina in a shooting attack in the Jordan Valley last month were shot dead by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Nablus, along with a third Palestinian gunman. Leo Dee, the husband and father of the victims, said he was grateful that the operation “was carried out in a way that did not endanger the lives of Israeli soldiers, nor those of innocent Palestinian civilians – in a way that only the Israeli military would know.” That’s how to do it.” Fabian explains how the operation was done.

Last week Surkes wrote about two environmental reports that indicate Israel is not living up to its promises. The first reviewed existing data through the end of 2021 and said Israel is not meeting its global warming emissions targets. The second report discusses the Ombudsman’s findings on pesticide abuse and lack of environmental enforcement. She describes a terrible situation.

For years, Suraks has followed the building and has promised to open a Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem. When will it finally open its doors?

Israel Aerospace Industries announced Thursday that it is developing its first major autonomous underwater vehicle. It is called BlueWhale and is meant for covert intelligence gathering and detection of enemy threats. Fabian describes its capabilities.

Articles discussed include:

800 years of the royal family’s relationship with Britain’s Jews, in 7 historical news

young Arab man shot dead in apparent brawl on North Street; Another killed in Acre

‘Score settled’: IDF executes Palestinians who allegedly shot dead 3D family members

Israel is far behind on its global warming emissions targets

Number of Israelis affected by pollution more than doubled in last decade – Ombudsman

Climate bill delayed as Energy Ministry argues it should lead panel on cutting emissions

Tolerance Museum, a ‘people’s parliament’, will partially open in mid-May

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils Blue Whale unmanned spy submarine

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