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Daily Briefing Mar. 6: Will Netanyahu be swayed by pushback from reservists?

ToI editor David Horovitz and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman discuss opposition in the IDF to judicial reform and growing criticism from Israel’s allies

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.

Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Horovitz discusses various statements being made regarding the judicial overhaul, particularly from some units of the Israel Defense Forces, as well as reserve duty pilots who are also concerned about Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich’s later-retracted comments last week about razing the Palestinian town of Huwara.

Berman expands on how companies of reservists — including his own — try to keep politics out of their continued army service, and says there is broad consensus that the judicial reform is of concern in army circles as well.

Horovitz and Berman also discuss the growing criticism from allies, including European diplomats who have watched the nationalism in Hungary and Poland, statements made by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and whether Smotrich’s comments about Huwara will affect his upcoming US trip.

Discussed articles include:

Pilots’ alarm shows Israel now in danger of entering a death spiral

Gantz urges IDF reservists to show up ‘no matter what,’ opposes any refusal to serve

Lapid, Liberman oppose reservists refusing to serve, but say their fears justified

Netanyahu welcomes Smotrich’s retraction of ‘inappropriate’ call to wipe out Huwara

Michael Bloomberg warns Israel ‘courting disaster’ with judicial overhaul

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