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Podcast: Daily Briefing Mar. 17 – How 61 seats could be a loss for Netanyahu

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 senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and Times of Israel and our Hebrew sister site Zman Yisrael’s political reporter Tal Schneider, along with host Raoul Wootliff.

On today’s show, with six days remaining until the election, we start with a look at the latest polls and ask what they tell us about the final stretch of the race.

Asking if a fifth election could be in the offing, we analyze Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid’s tactics and question how they could affect the outcome for the anti-Netanyahu bloc.

Then, we look at two recent stories by our panelists — a piece by Rettig Gur on how party funding may be keeping some in the race to pay off their debts, and a piece by Schneider on one man’s efforts to keep Kahanist Itamar Ben Gvir out of the Knesset.

And finally, could there be a debate between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid before the election? Our panelists pour very cold water on the idea.

Discussed articles include:

Week to election, 1 poll shows deadlock, another gives PM a majority with Yamina

In pitch to undecided voters, Lapid urges them not to back small parties

Blue and White and in the red, Gantz may be hanging in race to pay off debt

Anyone but Ben Gvir: One man’s mission to keep a Kahanist out of the Knesset

Kahane lives? What does Itamar Ben Gvir, backed by Netanyahu, really stand for? 

Netanyahu says he’ll debate Lapid if the two can agree on moderator

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