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Daily Briefing Mar. 15: Likud gags senior MK over no-show at judicial overhaul vote

Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn on where legislation stands now in Knesset; legal affairs reporter Jeremy Sharon on right-wing think tank’s about-face & Disengagement Bill

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.

Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn and legal affairs reporter Jeremy Sharon join Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

Keller-Lynn starts off the program with a quick lowdown on where key parts of the judicial overhaul legislation stand right now and what we can expect from today’s Knesset plenum.

Yesterday evening, senior MK Yuli Edelstein was sanctioned by his Likud party for missing two key votes tied to the judicial overhaul. We hear what Edelstein’s camp is saying about why he missed the votes and also the consequences of his punishment.

A bill that Edelstein sponsored passed its first reading on Monday night that would repeal the clauses of the 2005 Disengagement Law that ban Israelis from living in the region where the four settlements of Homesh, Ganim, Kadim and Sa-Nur previously stood in the northern West Bank. What could the bill’s significance be beyond these four settlements?

In a statement last night, Kohelet, the right-wing think tank that has been a major force in instigating the judicial overhaul package, seems to be pushing for a broad consensus compromise. Sharon weighs in.

Keller-Lynn reported Monday that four of the Knesset’s opposition parties plan to boycott final votes to pass the government’s judicial overhaul, currently expected before the end of the month. Since the coalition obviously has a majority, what is the weight of this move?

Discussed articles include:

Likud sanctions Edelstein for skipping votes on judicial overhaul

Hours before Knesset votes, Edelstein questions coalition’s judicial overhaul push

Disengagement repeal law for northern West Bank approved in first reading

Right-wing think tank that inspired judicial overhaul calls for compromise

Opposition heads vow to boycott final votes on overhaul; PM attacks ‘leftist’ media

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