ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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Daily Briefing Oct. 5: Why Orthodox radicals are spitting at the hand that feeds them

Diplomatic reporter Tal Schneider on coalition’s response to latest harassment of Christians in Jerusalem; environment reporter Sue Surkes discusses worrying soft coral discovery

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.

Diplomatic correspondent Tal Schneider and environment reporter Sue Surkes join host Jacob Magid for today’s podcast.

Schneider discusses the fallout over the latest filmed incident of Orthodox Jews spitting toward Christian worshippers in the Old City of Jerusalem and the government’s ties to those involved and to those who condone such conduct.

She then outlines a new proposal from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remake the Judicial Selection Committee, which the premier is convinced is balanced enough to garner support from across the political spectrum.

Surkes later updates listeners on the discovery of soft coral off of Israel’s Eastern Mediterranean coast and explains why this is a worrying development caused by climate change.

She wraps up the show with some lighter news about the migration of half of the world’s population of lesser spotted eagles that are flying over Israel today en route to Africa for the winter.

Discussed articles include:

Video showing fresh Haredi spitting attack on Christians draws wide condemnation

5 arrested for spitting at Christians in Jerusalem; police minister: It’s not criminal

Jordan slams vandalism of Muslim sites; US pans spitting on Christians in Jerusalem

Netanyahu has yet another new plan for choosing judges. It, too, is highly problematic

Discovery of soft coral species offers new evidence Mediterranean turning tropical

Over half of world’s lesser spotted eagle population set to fly over Israel

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