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Times of Israel Podcast

Daily Briefing May 31 – The ‘far-fetched’ PM: Bennett says he wants a revolution

Tune in Sunday through Thursday to hear ToI editors and reporters quickly catch you up on what’s important today

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.

Today’s panel comprises political correspondent Tal Schneider and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Sunday night, Yamina head Naftali Bennett vowed to work with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid to forge a unity “change” government to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. What are the chances that this coalition will coalesce, what obstacles must be overcome with the Arab parties, and how could Likud’s speaker of the Knesset draw out the process?

Yesterday also saw several high-level meetings between Egyptian and Israeli officials, both in Cairo and Jerusalem. Why are these significant and could these talks presage a prisoner exchange with Hamas?

And finally, Berman discusses a recent analysis in which he tries to understand whether Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is a reformist, revolutionary or republican, and how that will influence the election of Iran’s next president.

Discussed articles include:

Negotiations advance as Lapid said aiming to announce government within 1-2 days

Saying Netanyahu-led effort futile, Bennett opts for unity government with Lapid

Planned Lapid-Bennett security cabinet would have right-wing majority

Ashkenazi visits Egypt in 1st trip by Israeli foreign minister in 13 years

Netanyahu meets Egyptian spy chief, demands return of captives in Gaza

Egypt said to convey to Hamas long-term truce with Israel must see prisoner swap

Was Khamenei behind the barring of moderate presidential candidates in Iran?

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