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Daily Briefing Dec. 30 – Knesset ministers opine and Teva takes on cannabis

Tech Israel’s Ricky Ben David talks about Teva’s cannabis entry and the Facebook bill, as US correspondent Jacob Magid discusses his interviews with Nachman Shai and Merav Michaeli

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.

Tech Israel editor Ricky Ben-David and US correspondent Jacob Magid join host Jessica Steinberg.

Magid first discusses his interview with Diaspora Minister Nachman Shai, which included how to engage with young American Jews using social media and their interest in Israel and the Palestinians.

Magid also expounded on his recent interview with Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, her emphasis on her role in the left-wing Labor Party and her plans to only approve West Bank infrastructure projects that maintain the prospect for future solutions with the Palestinians.

Ben-David explains what’s happening with the so-called Facebook Bill that has opened the door for government censorship, with questions now being asked about freedom of speech.

She also reports on the entry of private label drugmaker Teva into the cannabis industry, by developing pharmaceutical, therapeutic oils with cannabis grown in Israel, which would be distributed in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Ukraine.

Discussed articles include:

Diaspora minister: To engage with young US Jews, we must advance Palestinian issue

Allied with the right, Labor’s Michaeli insists she’s keeping peace hopes alive

Proposed online censorship bill more intrusive than in any other democracy — expert

Teva makes first foray into medical cannabis sector, with new distribution deal

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