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Daily Briefing June 21: Behind Bennett’s explosive decision to dissolve coalition

Haviv Rettig Gur puts pieces together as Israel gears up for a 5th election in less than 4 years; military reporter Emanuel Fabian talks Abu Akleh probe, regional cooperation

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.

We begin with what we know about what led Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to announce the end of the year-old coalition. (Hint: it relates to West Bank regulations.)

What do we know about former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tactics for the coming elections?

The New York Times published a damning report blaming the IDF for the death of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11 in Jenin. How do the IDF’s own findings line up?

It was widely reported on Monday that Israel and its regional allies — under US leadership — are developing a joint defense pact to protect against the threat of drones and missiles by Tehran and its regional proxies. What’s new here?

Discussed articles include:

Bennett announces coalition’s collapse, elections: ‘We did our utmost to continue’

Coalition looking to dissolve Knesset as soon as Wednesday in bid to foil opposition

NYT probe: Abu Akleh ‘most likely’ killed by IDF, but no indication she was targeted

IDF expands Abu Akleh probe, issues fresh call for PA to hand over fatal bullet

Gantz says regional air defense alliance has already thwarted Iranian attacks

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