July 20 Daily Briefing: From Snorkeling the Strait of Tiran to Harnessing the Saudi Sun


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.

Political correspondent Tal Schneider and Tech Israel editor Ricky Ben-David meet with host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Schneider briefly touches on the possibility that former Meretz leader Zehava Galon could once again take over as the party’s leader.

She also delves into an article about the Straits of Tiran and Sanafir, the Saudi-controlled islands that were briefly under Israeli control and where Schneider’s father spent a month as an officer in the IDF’s first unit more than 50 years ago on the island.

Ben-David addresses more news from Saudi Arabia as Israel-based smart energy tech company SolarEdge Technologies signed an agreement with a Saudi company last week.

She also examines how Israel is moving forward with its plans to lay the foundation for quantum computing capabilities that use quantum mechanics to quickly solve problems too complex for classical computers.

Steinberg discusses Israeli wine and the newly minted appellations of Judea, the Lower Judean Foothills and Judean Hills with 30 boutique wineries.

Articles discussed include:

Zehava Galon announces political comeback to retake leadership from Meretz

Israeli-American energy technology company SolarEdge signs investment deal with Saudi group

Israel wants to set up research and development center for quantum computers and build quantum computers

It’s a quick ride from claret to sparkling champagne in the Judean Hills

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