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Daily Briefing June 26: Lapid’s 1st battle; introducing ToI film ‘Dead Sea Walking’

Editor David Horovitz gives us the political lay of the land and environment reporter Sue Surkes drills down on problems facing the lowest point on Earth

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.

Editor David Horovitz and environment reporter Sue Surkes join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.

It appears that efforts to form an alternative government within the existing Knesset have failed, so the Knesset is expected to pass the final legislation for its dispersal on Monday with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to become prime minister soon after. How does Horovitz see this playing out for Lapid in the near future?

Although he still has a few days in office, what is current Prime Minister Naftali Bennett already saying about his year as PM?

We introduce our new Times of Israel docuseries, Into the Land, and hear about the impetus of the project from Horovitz. Surkes explains the premise of the first video, “Dead Sea Walking.”

On the heels of a massive and lengthy investigation, Surkes picks out a few salient points everyone should know about the dying Dead Sea.

Last week, Surkes reported on an Environment Ministry plan to stabilize the Dead Sea by limiting the volume of water that can be pumped from it for the industrial extraction of minerals. Is anything really new here?

Discussed articles include:

For Lapid, a battle against the odds to thwart Netanyahu’s comeback

Knesset set to disperse on Monday; Lapid to take over as PM in midweek

Bennett: It sounds like fiction, but Israel needs a coalition from Ben Gvir to Abbas

PM: In retrospect ‘should have taken sleeping bag’ and moved into official residence

Into the Land: Dead Sea Walking

Israel has a chance to slow the Dead Sea’s demise. Will big business get in the way?

Authorities urged to act immediately to stabilize Dead Sea levels

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