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Daily Briefing Jan. 23 – Debating the pros and cons of a Netanyahu plea bargain

Editor David Horovitz and political and legal correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn discuss a potential deal for the ex-premier, and cast light on the NSO spyware scandal

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.

Times of Israel editor David Horovitz and political and legal correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn join host Jessica Steinberg.

Horovitz and Keller-Lynn discuss the possible Netanyahu plea deal being considered by attorney general Avichai Mandelblit.

Keller-Lynn explains the significance of a deal for the coalition’s stability, while Horovitz makes the point that this is not an ordinary case, with the indictment of a former prime minister for crimes allegedly committed while he was in office, and argues that it shouldn’t be wrapped up in a behind-the-scenes negotiation.

Horovitz and Keller-Lynn also take a look at the case of NSO’s Pegasus spyware and the Israel Police. While reports allege police have abused the  highly controversial technology, they claim they haven’t utilized it in breach of the law.

Keller-Lynn reports that a Knesset committee will be discussing the matter on Monday, in light of concerns that existing legislation isn’t adequate and that judicial oversight is insufficient.

Finally, for some good news, Horovitz recaps Albert Bourla’s  interviews with Israeli TV in which the Pfizer CEO predicted that world should be back to near-normal in a few months.

Discussed articles include:

Why Israel’s prosecutors would be wise to forgo a plea bargain with Netanyahu

Talk of Netanyahu plea deal prompts renewed focus on legal strength of the charges

AG wants plea deal for fear Netanyahu could regain power, subvert democracy – report

Legislators examine gaps in surveillance laws: ‘No one foresaw’ NSO spyware tech

Police minister denies illegal use of NSO spyware, acknowledges public mistrust

Pfizer CEO to Israeli TV: World should be back to near-normal in ‘a few months’

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