Daily Briefing Apr 3: How breaking bread with Abraham Accord partners fell flat


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 to Thursday.

Editor David Horovitz and diplomatic reporter Lazar Berman join Amanda Borschel-Dan in our Jerusalem office.

Government ministers voted to approve the establishment of a national guard under National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir yesterday before the Knesset’s Passover break. How it will be financed was a constant point during yesterday’s voting. Horovitz weight i.

Conciliation talks on judicial reform resumed today at the residence of President Isaac Herzog, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his greater intervention in the reform process. Horovitz explains some of the reasons Netanyahu’s lawyers give for breaking his corruption trial’s conflict of interest agreement with the attorney general.

Israel hosted a “break fast” iftar meal last night for diplomats from Muslim countries serving in Israel and local Muslim leaders, but there were some notable absences. Who did not show up and what does this say about the strength of the Abrahamic Covenant?

Jordan’s King Abdullah II said yesterday, “It is the duty of every Muslim to discourage Israel’s escalation against… holy sites in Jerusalem.” Berman explains the context of this statement.

Ukrainian Jewish communities are preparing for Passover under drone fire again this year. Dnipro Tiferet Matzot Bakery, a leading matzah factory for Ukraine, was launched last week. Hear why matzah is so emblematic of freedom of worship in this post-Soviet country and why the observance of Passover is on the rise.

Articles discussed include:

Ministers approve the national guard led by Ben Gvir, major cuts in the budget to finance it

Herzog’s office says settlement talks will resume on Monday

UAE, Bahraini ambassadors skip Ministry of Foreign Affairs iftar meal for Muslim diplomats

Jordanian king says ‘Muslims have a duty to prevent Israeli escalation’ in Jerusalem

Matzah factory survives strike in Russia as Ukrainian Jews prepare for Passover on fire

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