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Daily Briefing July 31: On final Knesset day, High Court hobbles coalition’s pet law

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Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn and legal reporter Jeremy Sharon review a charged summer Knesset session and its looming aftermath, with a legal showdown set for September

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 through Thursday.

Knesset correspondent Carrie Keller-Lynn and legal reporter Jeremy Sharon join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

The Knesset finished its summer session yesterday and managed to pass a few lingering pieces of legislation as well as start the wheels turning on others, including a loyalty pledge for senior diplomats and laws relating to domestic and sex abuse. Keller-Lynn breaks them down.

Last night in a unanimous decision by a nine-judge panel, the High Court of Justice ruled that the so-called Tiberias law passed by the coalition earlier this month should enter into effect only after the upcoming municipal elections. Why is this important?

Speaking from the Knesset podium yesterday, Opposition Leader Yair Lapid demanded an 18-month freeze on judicial overhaul legislation as a condition for his Yesh Atid party to return to negotiations with the coalition. What are the chances of agreement on that?

All eyes are on September when the High Court has slated hearings for many petitions against the newly passed reasonableness law, an amendment to Basic Law: The Judiciary. Sharon explains what scholars are saying about the chances of the legislation being struck down.

Discussed articles include:

Knesset advances bill demanding loyalty pledge from senior diplomats serving abroad

Knesset passes domestic abuse monitoring law after long delays and squabbles

Knesset okays stronger punishment for sex offenses motivated by terrorism or racism

High Court rules unanimously against mayoral election law that would benefit Deri ally

Lapid: Freeze judicial overhaul until 2025, or we won’t return to talks

A time for reason: Will the High Court strike down government’s reasonableness law?

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