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Daily Briefing Nov. 4 – It’s a budget! How the coalition passed biggest test yet

Political correspondent Tal Schneider and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur assess the government’s successful allocation of public finances — a first in 3.5 years

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 correspondent Tal Schneider and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur join host Jessica Steinberg on today’s podcast.

The Knesset last night passed Israel’s first budget in over three years, averting the prospect of immediate early elections, as Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s coalition overcame its differences and the opposition’s objections to approve a series of bills ultimately meant to guide the country’s spending until the end of 2022.

Schneider and Rettig Gur assess the momentous occasion in the life of the new government and ask what it means for the coalition, and opposition, moving forward.

Discussed articles include:

Coalition passes 2021 budget, first in 3.5 years, averting early election threat

Coalition leaders cheer approval of state budget after ‘years of chaos’

How much of a revolution? 13 key reforms in Israel’s new state budget

In key test for government, Knesset votes on state budget, first since 2018

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