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Daily Briefing Apr. 2: What exactly is Minister Ben Gvir’s planned ‘militia’?

Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn compares & contrasts recent rallies; legal affairs reporter Jeremy Sharon on formation of national guard and case of African asylum seekers

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.

Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn and legal affairs reporter Jeremy Sharon join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in The Times of Israel’s Jerusalem offices.

Keller-Lynn reports on the pro-judicial overhaul protest in Thursday where some 20,000 self-proclaimed “right-wing” citizens rallied in support of the coalition’s reform package. Keller-Lynn compares the mood with the many anti-overhaul protests she has attended.

The cabinet is set to vote today on what many are calling National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir’s “private militia.” Sharon explains who is meant to make up the national guard and what the unit would be assigned to patrol.

Last Sunday night, reports of the firing of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant set off a chain of events leading to the eventual pause of the judicial overhaul package. What is his status a week later?

Sharon looks into the much-cited case of the High Court overriding the Knesset on legislation against African asylum seekers.

Finally, we hear from Keller-Lynn what she expects in the political realm during the Knesset’s Passover break.

Discussed articles include:

‘They’re stealing the election’: Thousands attend Tel Aviv rally backing overhaul

Mounted police officer beats protester at anti-overhaul demonstration in Tel Aviv

Government made ‘mistake of their lives’: Hundreds of thousands protest overhaul

Cabinet vote Sunday on Ben Gvir bid for 2,000-strong national guard under his command

Police chief, attorney general sound alarm against forming Ben Gvir’s national guard

Ex-police chief: Ben Gvir could use proposed national guard to launch coup

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