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Daily Briefing May 17, Day 224: PM faces crises on post-Gaza plans, Haredi draft

Political reporter Sam Sokol on the political pressures felt by Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding who will run the Strip after the war, as well as ultra-Orthodox military service

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

It is day 224 of the war with Hamas. Political reporter Sam Sokol joins host Jessica Steinberg for today’s episode.

Sokol discusses the divides in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition regarding governance in Gaza after the war, as Defense Minister Yoav Gallant is pushing for urgent decisions. The disagreement has created another looming coalition crisis, as some far-right politicians call for Gallant’s ouster, 14 months after he was last (temporarily) fired.

Sokol then looks at another pressure point for the prime minister, as Netanyahu attempted this week to revive an older piece of legislation regarding the ultra-Orthodox draft, in a political scramble to find some degree of enlistment while keeping his coalition intact.

For the latest updates, please see The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Far-right politicians demand Gallant be fired for challenging PM on Gaza’s future

Gallant to PM: Reject Israeli military, civil rule of Gaza after Hamas; I won’t allow it

Netanyahu says he’ll advance Haredi IDF enlistment bill that lowers exemption age

Ministerial pushback may have nixed cabinet discussion on Haredi enlistment bill

Diverse backgrounds give way to shared fate as Gaza friendly-fire victims eulogized

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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