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Daily Briefing May 29: Overnight pop-up West Bank yeshiva signals settlers’ strategy

Editor David Horovitz delves into symbolic construction at illegal outpost, what’s next for judicial overhaul; diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman on how Erdogan’s win affects region

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.

Editor David Horovitz and diplomatic correspondent Lazer Berman join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.

A new building for a yeshiva at the illegal West Bank outpost of Homesh was constructed overnight at a new location on state-owned land. Horovitz talks to us about the symbolic nature of this overnight construction.

Among other leaders, Israeli President Isaac Herzog sent his congratulations to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his runoff win. Hamas and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also released statements, with Hamas saying it hoped for a new era of “strengthening Islamic-Arab ties and support for the Palestinian issue.” Could Turkey become a player in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

All eyes are on the judicial overhaul again and most especially the Judicial Selection Committee. However, senior Likud member David Bitan said yesterday that much of the frozen legislation will probably stay that way. Horovitz weighs in on that, as well as Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s reported statements from the cabinet yesterday about the reasons behind the need for Jewish Israelis to sit on the Judicial Selection Committee.

President Isaac Herzog is set to visit Baku, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday. What is he meant to accomplish there and who else may soon be flying out on strategic visits?

Discussed articles include:

Yeshiva gets new home in north West Bank outpost as legalization efforts gather steam

World leaders congratulate Erdogan on reelection victory in historic runoff

Likud MK says Netanyahu won’t bring back overhaul since he knows he ‘made a mistake’

Overhaul talks return to fore as opposition sets ultimatum on judge selection panel

Levin said to call for judges who ‘understand’ why Jews don’t want to live near Arabs

Herzog to meet Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev in Baku as ties expand

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