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Daily Briefing Jan. 8: ‘Talmudic’ arguments in Minister Deri’s cliffhanger hearing

Legal reporter Jeremy Sharon delineates justice minister’s newly unveiled judicial reforms; military correspondent Emanuel Fabian on how Hezbollah is keeping Hamas in check

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.

Legal reporter Jeremy Sharon and military correspondent Emanuel Fabian join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.

A report by the Beirut Observer on Saturday stated that Lebanese security officials are urging Hezbollah to prevent a Lebanon-based Hamas cell from carrying out an attack against Israel. Fabian explains why.

On Wednesday, new Justice Minister Yair Levin finally officially unveiled the government’s plans for judicial reforms. We hear what the four reforms are and how the country is reacting.

On Thursday, the High Court held a six-hour hearing on a petition against Shas head Aryeh Deri’s appointment as interior and health minister. What were the main arguments?

On Saturday, three Fatah officials came to visit the recently freed security prisoner Karim Younis in the northern Israel town of ‘Ara. Who is Younis and how did new Defense Minister Yoav Gallant respond to this entourage?

Discussed articles include:

Report: Lebanon urging Hezbollah to prevent local Hamas cell from attacking Israel

Justice minister unveils plan to shackle the High Court, overhaul Israel’s judiciary

Thousands rally in Tel Aviv against new government, judicial overhaul plans

Court to Deri: ‘You can’t quit Knesset in plea bargain, then get appointed minister’

Gallant revokes entry permits of 3 PA officials who visited freed terror convict

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