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Daily Briefing Mar. 28: PM delays judicial overhaul but holds a ‘loaded gun’

Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren and Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn delve into PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s long game, and report on protests and steps toward negotiations

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.

Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren and Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.

After the Histadrut labor union teamed up with private sector leaders yesterday and deployed its so-called “nuclear option” of a general strike, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech calling for a delay in legislation until April 30. Goren analyzes the speech and the move’s significance.

To maintain his coalition, Netanyahu promised Minister Itamar Ben Gvir to establish a national guard. Keller-Lynn explains why this isn’t a new promise.

Keller-Lynn describes the mood in Jerusalem at the Knesset — inside and out.

Goren boils down the next steps toward talks on judicial reform, which are set to be held at the President’s Residence. She also speaks to how, for the grassroots protest movement, there is no “pause.”

Discussed articles include:

Netanyahu says he’s delaying overhaul to allow dialogue, but vows reform will happen

To okay overhaul delay, Ben Gvir gets promise for ‘national guard’ under his control

In first, tens of thousands rally to back overhaul; ministers promise it will pass

Over 100k at Knesset as PM delays planned speech; right organizes counter-protest

Herzog phones PM, Gantz, Lapid to launch talks on compromise after overhaul paused

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