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Daily Briefing Dec 20: Is the US Diaspora married to Israel, or tied to it by blood?

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur boils down competing perspectives between world’s two largest Jewish communities; Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn on timely coalition bills

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.

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller Lynn join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

We all waited last week for the incoming coalition to push through four bills. And yesterday, the first was finally passed. What is this new law?

Current Prime Minister Yair Lapid had some strong words for the presumed Netanyahu government on Monday. “The incoming coalition has a new slogan: ‘Bite me.’” What were the reactions in the Knesset?

Deputy Attorney General Amit Marari said yesterday she has reservations about another bill, which would expand ministerial authority over police leadership and policy. What is this “problematic” piece of legislation?

Rettig Gur is back from a trip to the United States and notes changes in how American Jews view their relationship with Israel.

Discussed articles include:

New Knesset passes its first law, meant to thwart potential internal Likud rebellion

Lapid pans Netanyahu bloc for ‘Bite me’ attitude toward critics of contentious moves

Deputy AG: Despite amendments, Ben Gvir’s policing bill grants unbalanced powers

Netanyahu has just 2 days left to form a coalition. He’s nearly certain to succeed

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