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Daily Briefing Nov. 15: New Knesset as coalition talks stall; UN diplomatic pinball

Political writer Tal Schneider discusses what’s holding up coalition talks, and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman looks at the Kremlin’s welcome of Netanyahu and a UN hubbub

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.

Political writer Tal Schneider and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Schneider discusses prime minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu’s options for his government’s top ministers and why those postings are hampering ongoing coalition talks, even as the 25th Knesset is being sworn in Tuesday.

Berman looks at the welcome offered by Russia’s Kremlin to Netanyahu, and what that could mean for Israel-Russia-Ukraine relations going forward.

Schneider talks about why foreign diplomats are leery of any official meetings with Otzmah Yehudit’s far-right leader Itamar Ben-Gvir.

Berman examines whether Israel retaliated against Ukraine at the UN Monday, and what the diplomatic chess match signifies.

Discussed articles include:

Knesset swearing in heralds political stability, though discourse unlikely to soften

Ben Gvir claims he’s met foreign officials to rehabilitate image; evidence is scant

After Netanyahu win, Kremlin touts hopes for ‘common approach’

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