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Daily Briefing Aug 30: Defiance at Ramat Migron; parties vying for the Arab vote

Political correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn and settlements reporter Jeremy Sharon discuss Israel’s rightward turn, implications of strange party mashups & a visit to the West Bank

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 settlements reporter Jeremy Sharon join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Keller-Lynn reported on a recent survey that found that Israel’s right-wing Jewish voter base has grown from 46 percent before the April 2019 election to 62% now, ahead of November’s vote. What are some other interesting stats?

After former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has engineered the merger of the Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudit parties, the anti-LGBTQ party Noam is likely left out in the cold. Sharon explains why all may not be lost for the one-man party.

Leading up to the November 1 elections, the race is on to capture the Arab vote. And surprisingly, parties from a wide base of ideologies are vying for the expected 39% of Arab Israelis who may vote. What’s happening here?

Sharon recently visited the Ramat Migron hilltop in the West Bank, which was demolished for a third time this morning. He dives into who lives there — and why.

Discussed articles include:

Jewish Israeli voters have moved significantly rightward in recent years, data shows

New Meretz chief deems Joint List a ‘legitimate partner’ for a ruling party

Facing dire polls, ex-Yisrael Beytenu MK Avidar looks to ally with Islamist Ra’am

Poll predicts all-time-low Arab turnout in election, potentially boosting Netanyahu

Security forces dismantle illegal West Bank outpost Ramat Migron

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