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Daily Briefing March 20: A chaotic pre-Passover judicial push

Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman discusses diplomatic talks ahead of Ramadan, as legal reporter Jeremy Sharon deciphers the latest legal overhaul issue

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.

Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and legal reporter Jeremy Sharon join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Sharon discusses a late-stage proposal from the coalition in its judicial overhaul plans, in which it would get to choose two new judges without opposition input, while any further appointments would be subject to agreement by the sides.

Berman talks about the meeting that took place in Sharm El Sheikh yesterday between Israel, its Arab neighbors, the Palestinian Authority and the US in an effort to calm tensions ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins this week.

Sharon also discusses the latest tensions between National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and the High Court, as it ruled he can’t issue orders to the police forces, which he has attempted to do during recent protests.

Berman reviews remarks made by Israel’s consul general in New York about the judicial overhaul, bringing his personal politics into the public arena.

Berman also reports on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest European visit, to Berlin late last week, a trip that the prime minister appeared to enjoy, including a lengthy conversation about public policy and the judicial reform with Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Discussed articles include:

Coalition to bring judicial appointments bill for final votes before Passover

Top court says police don’t take orders on protests from Ben Gvir, who slams ‘coup’

Israel’s envoy in NY summoned to Jerusalem over criticism of judicial overhaul

Netanyahu says he is ‘attentive’ to protests, vows ‘responsible’ judicial changes

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