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Daily Briefing August 17: Abbas claims ’50 holocausts’ against Palestinians, kinda

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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 news editor Amy Spiro join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Tuesday night during a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of committing “holocausts” against Palestinians over the years. (On Wednesday morning, he clarified his statement.) What have the responses been so far?

Provocateur MK Itamar Ben Gvir is again in the news. First off, he is now eschewing a team-up with far-right MK Bezalel Smotrich’s party, and he’s also calling for the transfer of disloyal citizens — including head of the Joint List party MK Ayman Odeh. We hear about both moves.

And briefly, we hear how former prime minister Naftali Bennett is making life a little harder for MK Idit Silman, who was........

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