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Daily Briefing Jan. 11 – You calling me crazy? Two former PMs face off in court

Political correspondent Tal Schneider and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur take on a high-profile libel case and the end of ‘othering’ in the Central Bureau of Statistics

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 Tal Schneider and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.

We start the program by discussing the complicated relations between Israel and Hungary vis-à-vis the Bennett government. What’s on the horizon?

We then move to the made-for-reality-TV libel lawsuit against former prime minister Ehud Olmert brought by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family. In May, Netanyahu’s family filed a suit against Olmert for calling the then-prime minister, his wife Sara, and eldest son Yair “mentally ill” in interviews. We explore why it’s not an easy case to judge.

The second half of the program is devoted to a scoop brought by Schneider in which she discovered that the Central Bureau of Statistics is changing its categorization of almost half a million Israelis from “other” to a new “extended Jewish” category. What does this mean?

Discussed articles include:

Two former PMs clash in court, as Netanyahus sue Olmert for calling them crazy

Olmert unrepentant after calling Netanyahus mentally ill, says many agree with him

Israel to begin classifying non-Arab gentile citizens as ‘extended Jewish’

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