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.
Congratulations Mr. President! Former MK Isaac “Bougie” Herzog won a landslide victory over Miriam Peretz, earning an unprecedented 87 votes from Knesset members. The head of the Jewish Agency said he plans “to build bridges” within Israeli society and with the Jewish Diaspora, to encourage entrepreneurship, “fight antisemitism and hatred of Israel,” and “safeguard the foundations of our democracy.” Who is Herzog and what does he represent?
As of our taping, the “change” bloc still has not announced a coalition under Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid and Yamina head Naftali Bennett. What are some of the differences of opinion and can they be resolved by midnight?
Finally, in the course of these days of negotiations, several members of the change bloc and their families have been threatened — including Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg’s baby. What is going on here?