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Daily Briefing August 30 – Could the Jerusalem-Ramallah freeze be thawing?

Founding editor David Horovitz discusses the pros and cons of PM Bennett’s recent DC visit; Arab affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman summarizes outcomes of PA-Israel talks

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 guests are Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz and Arab affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman, with Jessica Steinberg as host.

Horovitz reviews aspects of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s meeting at the White House with US President Joe Biden, including Bennett’s ability to converse easily and fluently with Biden — duplicating an asset that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoyed in his moments on the world stage.

Boxerman discusses the logistics and content of the unusual Sunday night meeting in Ramallah between Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

He also speaks about ongoing conversations on how Israel can help strengthen the PA economy, which has suffered tremendously as a result of the coronavirus and internal politics.

Horovitz closes Monday’s podcast with a look at how the US is suffering after its pullout from Afghanistan, and how it needs to play a role as the world’s superpower, particularly in the Middle East.

Discussed articles include:

In shadow of Kabul chaos, Bennett tells Biden why US must stay engaged in region

Catastrophe in Afghanistan — for Afghans, Israel, the region… and for America

In first top-level meeting in a decade, Gantz holds talks with Abbas in Ramallah

PM’s office downplays Gantz-Abbas meeting, says there won’t be peace talks

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