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Daily Briefing June 16: Biden’s coming, Abbas is annoyed and the deficit is down

US correspondent Jacob Magid discusses the US president’s imminent visit and Palestinian reactions; and US reporter Luke Tress looks at Israel’s near-zero deficit and tech news

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 US reporter Luke Tress join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Magid reviews US President Joe Biden’s itinerary for his mid-July visit to the region, including his planned time in Israel.

He also looks at why Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is annoyed with the US and how that could affect Biden’s visit.

Magid discusses US legislative plans to create an integrated air defense system between Israel and its neighboring Arab states — including those with whom it doesn’t have official relations — for a united front against Iran.

Tress talks about Israel’s budget deficit dropping to nearly zero, and how recent high rankings for Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in lists of best tech ecosystems and agtech may have assisted in creating the beneficial economic news.

Discussed articles include:

White House announces Biden trip to Israel, West Bank and Saudi Arabia July 13-16

Top US official meets fuming Abbas in Ramallah ahead of expected Biden visit

US lawmakers aim to integrate defense systems of Israel, 9 Arab states against Iran

Deficit drops to nearly zero for the first time in 14 years

Tel Aviv ranked 7th in annual list of best global tech ecosystems

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv nab fourth place in list of best global agtech ecosystems

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