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Daily Briefing Nov 17: Democracy isn’t dying, but the housing market may be

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur on incessant rumors of a unity government and real estate editor Danielle Nagler on a new amusement park in the Negev

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.

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and real estate editor Danielle Nagler join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s podcast.

Rettig Gur weighs in on the constant, and constantly denied, rumors that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in talks with Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid and outgoing defense minister Benny Gantz on a unity government. Where are they coming from?

Next, Rettig Gur speaks about the thrum of talking heads bemoaning “the end of Israeli democracy.” What’s different today from every other time this has come up?

Mortgage borrowing in Israel has continued to decline amid rising interest rates and soaring housing costs. Could this be the push we need to lower the costs?

Nagler recently wrote about plans for a new amusement park in the south outside of Beersheba. Could Negev Park be Israel’s answer to EuroDisney?

Discussed articles include:

Likud, Lapid and Gantz deny report that they’re in unity government talks

Plans to build $15m amusement park, hotel complex in Negev move forward

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