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Daily Briefing June 14 – Basket of contradictions: Who is new PM Bennett?

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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.

Israel’s 36th government headed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was sworn in at the Knesset yesterday after a suspenseful 60-59 vote and an afternoon of spicy speeches. What was said — and unsaid — on the Knesset floor yesterday? And why has former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to participate in the traditional changing of the guard ceremony?

Our political analysts lift the veil on “settler leader” Bennett and explain just who  this “political gambler” is who has taken the country’s highest office with a mere seven-MK party.

We speak about the size of the new cabinet — a talking point among the “change bloc” — and why it is so bloated despite promises to the contrary.

Discussed articles include:

‘End this chaos’: Constantly heckled, Bennett says new government ‘here to work’

Full text: PM-to-be Bennett presents gov’t ‘that will work for the sake of all’

Full text: The speech Lapid didn’t give at the government’s swearing-in ceremony

Naftali Bennett, the political gambler about to deal Netanyahu out

Why the champions of change are forming one of Israel’s most bloated governments

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