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Daily Briefing Jan 16: Majority of Israelis united in distrust of state institutions

Editor David Horovitz and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur delve into the annual Israeli Democracy Index and discuss ongoing reactions to the coalition’s planned judicial overhaul

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.

Editor David Horovitz and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.

The annual Israeli Democracy Index showed that Israelis as a whole mistrust the country’s governing and adjuring institutions. The survey was conducted mostly in the summer, with some polling in October. Our guests weigh in on whether the findings would be different today.

We then discuss the response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition so far to the widespread protests against the government’s judicial reform plans.

Rettig Gur talks about a proposed reform that even right-wing politicians and thinkers are wary about.

Finally, we hear about a new 25-part short animated series The Times of Israel is hosting on the website called “Whispered in Gaza.”

Discussed articles include:

Israelis deeply split on courts and rights, but united in gloom, distrust — poll

Netanyahu shrugs off protest, says millions of voters demanded judicial overhaul

Battle over High Court exposes frailty of Israel’s piecemeal system of government

Introducing ‘Whispered in Gaza’ — 25 short, animated interviews on life under Hamas

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