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Daily Briefing Mar 12: How lack of trust is stymieing judicial overhaul negotiations

Analyst Haviv Rettig Gur with highlights from President Isaac Herzog’s ‘sharp’ speech on primetime TV; news editor Amy Spiro dives deep into Eurovision and public broadcasting

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 news editor Amy Spiro join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

On Thursday night on primetime TV news, President Isaac Herzog denounced the government’s judicial overhaul legislation as “oppressive” and harmful to democracy, and called for it to be abandoned immediately and replaced by a framework for consensual reform. Rettig Gur gives highlights from the speech and talks about one of the main roots of continued strife — a lack of trust.

Spiro wrote a in-depth look at the potential closure of Kan, the public broadcasting conglomeration that is responsible for radio stations, a nightly news show and programs such as “Tehran.” She explains who is spearheading the potential closure — this time at least.

Noa Kirel has unveiled her new Eurovision song, “Unicorn.” We hear response to it so far.

Discussed articles include:

Anti-overhaul protesters call to turn up heat as over 300,000 estimated at rallies

Herzog tells coalition to abandon its ‘oppressive’ overhaul package, seek consensus

Likud minister slams ‘hysterical’ Herzog speech calling for overhaul to be abandoned

No Kan do: How Israel’s public broadcaster ended up in the government’s firing line

Noa Kirel unveils her Eurovision song contest entry

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