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Daily Briefing July 29 – Contentious reform-filled budget to get 1st read Sunday

Political correspondent Tal Schneider gives an update on a lively week in the Knesset and looks ahead to another, as Haviv Rettig Gur dives into the history of antisemitism

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.

Today’s panel comprises political correspondent Tal Schneider and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Diving right into the Knesset, we discuss which reforms passed in a flurry of activity this week — and which did not. The rabbinical courts may soon be under a more modern Orthodox sway and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is now officially the alternate prime minister and is meant to step into office in two years. But high hopes for cannabis went up in smoke.

On Sunday, the budget will get its debut in the Knesset with a first reading of the Arrangements Bill. What is this bill and what are some of the hot-button issues? Hint: Israeli farmers are throwing eggs on the highway today.

And finally, Rettig Gur distills his long-read essay on antisemitism versus Zionism in a thought-provoking look at the historical and current contexts of this ongoing debate.

Discussed articles include:

After blunder, Knesset gives initial ok to bill for rabbinical court reform

New budget bill shows coalition launching sweeping reforms despite fragility

Smashing produce on road, farmers block highways over planned agriculture reform

A hatred that dwells alone? Antisemitism debate cuts to heart of Zionist vision

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