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.