Daily Briefing Dec 8: With new far-right Israeli personalities, will US blink first?

Welcome to The Times of Israel 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 United States correspondent Jacob Magid join host Amanda Borschel-Dann on today’s episode.

Schneider briefs us on the final coalition agreements that have been signed and what ministries the Sephardic religious party Shas has received, even as its leader Aryeh Deri is still barred from becoming a minister.

We hear about 100-something demands in an addendum to the coalition agreement of the Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox party United Torah Judaism—among them, barring women of the Wall from praying at the Western Wall.

Doug Emhoff, America’s second gentleman, convened a roundtable discussion on anti-Semitism yesterday. Who attended the event and what came out?

How is the future opposition shaping its campaign against the proposed changes of the incoming government? Schneider discussed the “overpass protest” coming this weekend.

We hear what came out of the J Street Confab that took place this week. The headlines were about comments made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but this is not the whole story.

Articles discussed include:

Likud reaches deal with Shas, ends government posts for coalition partners

Haredi party called for legislation banning all non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall

At White House antisemitism roundtable, Doug Emhoff laments ‘pandemic of hate’

Blinken: US will judge next Israeli government on policies, not personalities

With Biden cautious on new Israeli government, Dems on J Street ready to take off gloves

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