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Daily Briefing Dec. 4: There’s a new sheriff in the West Bank — MK Bezalel Smotrich

Settlements reporter Jeremy Sharon delves into the ramifications of the coalition deals with 3 far-right parties; news editor Amy Spiro on ‘My Unorthodox Life 2’

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.

Settlements reporter Jeremy Sharon and news editor Amy Spiro join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.

Just before stepping on a plane to Bahrain, diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman briefs listeners on what we should expect from President Isaac Herzog’s two-day visit to Israel’s allies in the Persian Gulf region.

On Thursday, details were released about the terms of the coalition agreements with Religious Zionism, Otzma Yehudit and Noam, three far-right parties that ran on a merged slate in last month’s election. What do we know about what each party got?

Head of the Religious Zionism party MK Bezalel Smotrich is often called a “zealot” or an “ideologue.” How is that expected to affect his performance as head of the Civil Administration and COGAT? Sharon explains what kind of reactions we are hearing from settler leaders and well as opposition lawmakers and former high-ranking IDF officers.

Spiro recently watched season 2 of “My Unorthodox Life” and spoke with its lead, Julia Haart. Buckle up.

Discussed articles include:

‘Message of peace’: Herzog lands in Bahrain for 1st state visit by Israeli president

New Smotrich powers likely to see settlements flourish, Palestinian building limited

Netanyahu gives Smotrich broad powers over settlements, Palestinian construction

How Bezalel Smotrich rode unfiltered radicalism and unforgiving politics to power

Former lawmakers, top soldiers blast deal giving Smotrich authority over West Bank

Messy divorce, religious battles headline season 2 of Netflix’s ‘My Unorthodox Life’

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