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Daily Briefing May 16: From foes to bros — Why Netanyahu is no longer mad at Gallant

Political correspondent Tal Schneider discusses blip in overhaul talks and new PM-Gallant bromance; Diaspora reporter Canaan Lidor talks challenges facing Jews in Portugal, Tunisia

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.

Political correspondent Tal Schneider along with Diaspora affairs correspondent Canaan Lidor join host Jacob Magid in today’s episode.

Just two days have passed since Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad reached a ceasefire to end the latest Gaza conflict, and the focus of the Israeli news cycle here has shifted almost entirely from security to politics.

Schneider discusses the status of the judicial overhaul negotiations between the coalition and opposition, which hit another roadblock on Monday, as the initiative’s architects threatened to rush forward with the initial legislation if the talks fall apart.

She also reviews the 180-degree shift in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approach to Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, whose ouster was unceremoniously announced just seven weeks ago. Now, the two can’t seem to be pulled apart.

Lidor reflects on the ramifications of last week’s deadly shooting attack outside a synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba where hundreds of Jews had gathered for an annual Lag B’Omer pilgrimage.

Currently on a reporting trip in Portugal, Lidor shares how the country’s Jewish community has grown in recent years while simultaneously grappling with several scandals related to citizenship applications.

Discussed articles include:

Knesset to elect Judicial Selection Committee MKs but Levin unlikely to convene panel

Rothman: Some overhaul bills will be passed soon if talks with opposition fail

From pariah to bosom buddy in 7 weeks: Netanyahu’s rehabilitation of Yoav Gallant

Two worshipers killed in attack at Tunisia synagogue during pilgrimage

Tunisia terror attack threatens to deal ‘mortal blow’ to rare Jewish pilgrimage

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