Welcome to the fifth episode of The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing: Your audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world.
Today’s panel comprises Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz and Tal Schneider, the new political correspondent for both The Times of Israel and its sister Hebrew-language site Zman Yisrael, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
Monday night, Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz held a much-hyped press conference in which he proclaimed his regret for joining the current government coalition. Gantz further proclaimed a state of emergency and pressed the center, right and left to create an alliance to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — which Gantz had promised to do in the previous three elections. Fool me four times, shame on whom?
Further political mergers and acquisitions are in the air as the religious far-right parties are discussing a joint slate. But, as Schneider and Horovitz point out, voters should be aware of just how extremist some of these partners can be.
Earlier this week, Schneider elucidated a little-known security force in Israel, the Knesset Guard. They’re not part of the IDF or the police: Just who are they?
And finally, Horovitz speaks to the increasingly uncovered anti-Semitic sentiment found among the supporters of US President Donald Trump who stormed Capitol Hill last week.