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PODCAST: Daily Briefing Feb. 28 — Israeli politics’ massive ego problem

Tune in Sunday through Thursday to hear ToI editors and reporters quickly catch you up on what’s important today

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 Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

With Horovitz and Rettig Gur having both recently written about would-be-kingmaker Naftali Bennett, we open today’s show with a look at the Yamina party chair who wants to replace Netanyahu — but won’t commit to not backing him. What’s his play at this stage? Has he limited his (and the anti-Netanyahu camp’s) options by giving into the prime minister’s “left-shaming”?

Following a Channel 12 report claiming that the vast majority of Israelis being approved to enter the country during a general border closure are ultra-Orthodox, several parties accuse the prime minister of allowing entry “only for his voters” during the airport’s general closure. What’s the policy and why is Israel the only democracy in the world to keep out its own citizens?

The Knesset gave final approval last week to controversial legislation allowing the Health Ministry to give local authorities and the Education Ministry personal details of residents who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Is this a step too far in the battle between fighting COVID-19 and maintaining personal liberties?

And finally, with Sacha Baron Cohen once again in the Golden Globe spotlight, we look at his recent roles and the impact they have had.

Discussed articles include:

Bennett: I’m more right-wing than Bibi, but I don’t use the tools of hate

Derided by Netanyahu as Lapid ally, Bennett shifts course, moves closer to Sa’ar

Joining Bennett, Sa’ar says Lapid won’t be prime minister

Gantz, opposition scrutinize claim Haredim let into Israel while secular denied

Israel’s entry ban on citizens ‘unparalleled in democratic world,’ watchdog says

Knesset passes law to give cities info on unvaccinated residents

Sacha Baron Cohen: An outrageous comic with a serious point, and 2 Globes nods 

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