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Daily Briefing June 18: What are PM’s next moves after rogue Likud MK derailed vote?

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur on how PM and opposition jostle to be seen as forces of stability; military reporter Emanuel Fabian on hypersonic weaponry, sharp rise of arms sales

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.

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and military correspondent Emanuel Fabian join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

Last week’s stormy Knesset sessions ended with a surprise twist as the Judicial Selection Committee vote was waylaid by a rogue Likud member, MK Tally Gotliv. Rettig Gur gives a brief recap of where things stand in terms of the vote and the judicial overhaul negotiations and theorizes on next steps for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the opposition.

The Sky Sonic interceptor missile, which has been in development for around three years, will be shown for the first time at the upcoming Paris Air Show next week. What is this technology?

Israel is in talks to sell used Merkava tanks to two countries, one of them in Europe, in what would be the first such export of the armored vehicle. Likewise, annual Israeli arms sales reached a new record of $12.5 billion last year. What are some of the factors that have caused the sharp increase?

Discussed articles include:

With fate of judicial panel in the balance, masses rally nationwide against overhaul

Netanyahu finds he’s lost control of the populist tiger he rode to power

Liberman: Judicial panel vote ‘one big show’ that Netanyahu staged with Lapid, Gantz

Defense tech firm Rafael reveals first-ever hypersonic interceptor

In first, Israel plans to sell vaunted Merkava tank to 2 countries, one in Europe

Israeli arms sales doubled in a decade, hit new record of $12.5 billion in 2022

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