Daily Briefing Apr. 2: What exactly is Minister Ben Gvir’s planned ‘militia’?

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.

Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn and legal affairs reporter Jeremy Sharon join Amanda Borschel-Dan in the Jerusalem offices of The Times of Israel.

Keller-Lynn reports on Thursday’s extrajudicial reform protest where about 20,000 self-proclaimed “right-wing” citizens gathered to support the coalition’s reform package. Keller-Lynn compares the sentiment to the many anti-reform protests she attended.

The cabinet is due to vote today on what many are calling the “private militia” of National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir. Sharon explains who the national guard is meant to be and what the unit would be assigned to patrol.

Last Sunday night, reports of the shooting of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant set off a series of events that finally led to a break in the judicial reform package. What is his status a week later?

Sharon examines the much-cited High Court case and defeats the Knesset on legislation against African asylum seekers.

Finally, we hear from Keller-Lynn about what she expects in the political arena during the Passover break.

Articles discussed include:

‘They are stealing the election’: Thousands attend Tel Aviv rally for reform

A plainclothes police officer beats protesters at an anti-reform demonstration in Tel Aviv

The Government made a ‘mistake in their lives’: Hundreds of thousands protest against reform

Cabinet voted Sunday on Ben Gvir’s proposal for a 2,000 national guard under his command

Chief of police, attorney general alarm against the formation of Ben Gvir national guard

Former police chief: Ben Gvir could use proposed national guard to launch coup

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