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Daily Briefing Aug 3 – How Israel is preparing for Bennett’s visit to Washington

We hear from Jacob Magid about what is being done to bolster the relationship with the US ahead of the PM’s visit and Emanuel Fabian fills us in on West Bank security incidents

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.

Today’s panel comprises US correspondent Jacob Magid and breaking news editor Emanuel Fabian, along with host Raoul Wootliff.

On today’s show, we look at the Biden administration’s appointment of Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt to serve as US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

We check in with preparations on the part of both the US and Israeli administrations for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s planned trip to Washington. What is Israel doing to bolster its relationship with the US ahead of the visit?

We’ve seen a couple of incidents involving IDF troops in the West Bank over the past day. We assess the various claims being made about them from both sides.

And finally, we look at how McDonald’s avoided a bust-up with Israel even as it followed much the same policy that caused huge controversy for Ben & Jerry’s.

Discussed articles include:

Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt nominated as US antisemitism envoy

Israel seeking to bolster PA, says senior official ahead of Bennett’s US visit

Israel eyeing East Jerusalem housing project ahead of Bennett’s Washington visit

Heavy gun battle in Jenin between Israeli troops, attackers; 6 Palestinians hurt

IDF shoots Arab Israeli allegedly trying to break through West Bank barrier

Testing troops’ readiness, IDF launches drill along Lebanon border

How McDonald’s took the same stance as Ben & Jerry’s but avoided public backlash

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