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Daily Briefing May 21: Minister Ben Gvir visits Temple Mt., with an eye on the budget

Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn ties far-right head’s visit to budget demands, shares Flag March experiences; news editor Amy Spiro on Noa Kirel flub, ‘Ghosts of Beirut’

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.

This morning National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir ascended the Temple Mount. What were his messages while up there and how do they relate to the looming budget vote?

We hear about what actually went down during Thursday’s Flag March through the Jerusalem Old City from Keller-Lynn, who was onsite.

Noa Kirel garnered a third-place win at last week’s Eurovision. However, some remarks she made after being awarded full marks from Poland are causing diplomatic reverberations. Spiro weighs in.

Spiro explains how New York Times reporter Isabel Kershner’s new book, “The Land of Hope and Fear: Israel’s Battle for Its Inner Soul,” which was written prior to the judicial overhaul struggles, was incredibly prescient.

Finally, we hear about a new Showtime miniseries, “Ghosts of Beirut,” created by an international team, including the originators of the hit series “Fauda.”

Discussed articles include:

Ben Gvir visits Temple Mount, says it proves Israel ‘in charge’ at holy site

At Jerusalem Flag March, chants of ‘Death to Arabs’ and assaults on Palestinians

‘It’s painful for us’: Poland invites Noa Kirel for visit after Eurovision remarks

Coalition tensions escalate amid Haredi demands for more funds ahead of budget vote

A house divided: New book explores roots of the rifts between Israel’s many ‘tribes’

Hunting for a ghost: New show depicts CIA-Mossad pursuit of most-wanted terrorist

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