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Times of Israel Podcast

Daily Briefing June 8 – What the new coalition has agreed to do when in power

Tune in Sunday through Thursday to hear ToI editors and reporters quickly catch you up on what’s important today

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 United States correspondent Jacob Magid, along with host Raoul Wootliff.

On today’s show, we look at the coalition agreements signed by the eight parties of the new Israeli government set to be sworn in next week. What are its guiding principles? Which key reforms will it try to advance, and which issues will be avoided? And how will it differ from the previous government?

With the ultra-Orthodox on the outside, all government parties are expected to back an agreement on the Western Wall pluralistic plaza, with several highlighting the plan in recent meetings with American Jewish leaders. Will that currently frozen proposal finally be implemented?

As a key settler leader says prime minister-designate Naftali Bennett has promised there will be no settlement freeze, we look at the likely government’s position on the West Bank and how it may impact relations with the US.

And finally, we assess the chances of a new Israeli administration changing rhetoric on Iran in a bid to boost ties with US President Biden.

Discussed articles include:

‘Change government’ agenda: Electoral reform, budget and Jerusalem building boom

Unity government to approve egalitarian plaza at Kotel frozen by Netanyahu

Yamina denies seeking law that would bar Netanyahu from running for Knesset

Settler leader: Bennett, Sa’ar have promised there will be no settlement freeze

A PM Bennett won’t fix tensions with Dems, but ties with Biden should endure

Gantz urges softer tone with US on Iran, seems to knock Netanyahu’s ‘provoking’

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