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Daily Briefing Feb. 22: Looking ahead to 2023’s budget; Mount of Olives park shelved

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur discusses 2023 budget plans and US correspondent Jacob Magid looks at highlights of US Democrats’ visit and a church land brouhaha

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.

US correspondent Jacob Magid and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur join host Jessica Steinberg.

Rettig Gur discusses the government’s surprising announcement about its plans for the 2023 budget and what that says about the positioning of the coalition.

Magid offers some more details about the Nancy Pelosi-led mission to Israel last week, including highlights of the Democrats’ meetings with politicians and Palestinian Authority officials.

He also offers a deeper dive into Israel’s plan to expand a national park near the area of the Mount of Olives onto partially church-owned lands and Christian holy sites, which was put on hold after Magid broke the news in a story in The Times of Israel.

Discussed articles include:

US rep after trip: Israeli gov’t knows top threat to coalition is Jerusalem violence

In 1st, Israel advancing plan to expand national park onto E. Jerusalem church lands

Parks authority says it’s shelving Mount of Olives plan that angered church leaders

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