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Daily Briefing July 19 – New government gets scorched by Temple Mount flub

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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 Arab affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman and breaking news editor Emanuel Fabian, as well as host Raoul Wootliff.

On today’s show, after we focused yesterday on the meaning of the Temple Mount and the possible changing of the status quo at the contentious site, we update you on Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s confusing statements on Jewish freedom of prayer there and his office’s reported backpedaling this morning.

Yesterday saw over 1,600 Jewish visitors to the complex. We look at the reactions from the Arab world to the visits – both regionally and domestically.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made a formal request yesterday evening to further delay the impending demolition of Khan al-Ahmar. We assess the ongoing saga of the Bedouin village in the West Bank that Israel says was built illegally.

And finally, turning our eyes to the north, we hear about Lebanon’s ongoing financial crisis, Israel’s offer of help, and how things are looking on Israel’s northern border.

Discussed articles include:

Bennett backpedals after appearing to say Jews free to pray on Temple Mount

On Tisha B’Av, Bennett speaks of ‘freedom of worship’ for Jews on Temple Mount

Amid tensions at Temple Mount, some 1,000 Jews visit holy site for Tisha B’Av

Ra’am: Al-Aqsa Mosque ‘is solely the property of Muslims’

Jordan, Egypt, Turkey all condemn Jewish visits to Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av

Lapid requests delay in contentious demolition of West Bank Bedouin village

Gantz offers Lebanon humanitarian aid amid financial meltdown

Smuggled guns from Lebanon were meant for terror; largest bust in years — TV

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