Daily Briefing Mar. 21: ‘Major’ constitutional crisis & secret to Israel’s happiness


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.

Today’s episode will be joined by host Amanda Borschel-Dan by editor David Horovitz and environmental reporter Sue Surkes.

MK Simcha Rothman’s revised version of the bill that changes the mechanism of judicial appointments is to be brought before its Constitution, Law and Justice Committee today for preparation for second and third (final) reading in the plenary session. Horovitz explains what the new bill means and its importance to the judicial branch as a whole.

The United Nations released its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Synthesis Report yesterday. With a focus on Israel, Surkes breaks down some areas where the country is moving away from its promises.

Surkes recently visited Hula Lake where she investigated what is happening with migrating cranes. She describes the natural majesty.

And finally, Horovitz gives some insight into Israel’s astonishingly high fourth place in the UN-sponsored Global Happiness index.

Articles discussed include:

Apparently, Rothman’s bill gives the coalition broad control over the selection of judges

Changes to judicial overhaul leave only 10 days to redo the constitutional framework

‘The red line we won’t accept’: Levin warns Court not to block judicial appointments bill

Scientists are calling for further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 to meet the Paris targets

Israel rises to 4th place on the world happiness list, the highest since the ranking began

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