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Daily Briefing Apr 3: How breaking bread with Abraham Accord partners fell flat

Editor David Horovitz on financing Minister Ben Gvir’s national guard, PM’s judicial overhaul role; diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman on miracle save of Ukrainian matzah factory

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.

Editor David Horovitz and diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in our Jerusalem office.

Prior to the Knesset’s Passover recess, government ministers voted yesterday to approve the formation of a national guard sought by National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir. How it will be funded was a sticking point during the voting.; who it will report to remains unclear. Horovitz weighs in.

The judicial overhaul compromise talks resumed today at President Isaac Herzog’s residence, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended his greater intervention in the overhaul process. Horovitz explains some of the reasons Netanyahu’s lawyers give for ostensibly breaking his corruption trials’ conflict of interest agreement with the attorney general.

Israel hosted an iftar “break fast” meal last night for diplomats from Muslim countries serving in Israel and local Muslim leaders, but there were a number of notable absences. Who didn’t show and what does this say about the strength of the Abraham Accords?

Jordan’s King Abdullah II stated yesterday, “It is the duty of every Muslim to deter Israeli escalations against… holy sites in Jerusalem.” Berman explains the context of this statement.

Ukrainian Jewish communities are preparing for Passover under drone fire again this year. The Dnipro Tiferet Matzot Bakery, the main matzah factory for Ukraine, was set ablaze last week. Hear why the matzah is so emblematic of freedom of worship in this former Soviet country and why Passover observance is on the rise.

Discussed articles include:

Ministers approve Ben Gvir-led national guard, major budget cuts to fund it

Herzog’s office says overhaul compromise talks to resume on Monday

UAE, Bahrain ambassadors skip Foreign Ministry iftar meal for Muslim diplomats

Jordan king says Muslims have ‘duty to deter Israeli escalation’ in Jerusalem

Matzah factory survives a Russian strike as Ukraine Jews prepare Passover under fire

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