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 diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and Palestinian affairs reporter Aaron Boxerman, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
A unique tripartite summit was held yesterday in Baghdad by Iraq, Jordan and Egypt. Hear how Iraq is positioning itself to be the new regional peacemaker, broaching subjects including the ongoing Syrian civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and mediation between Iran and Arab countries.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Rome on Sunday. Among other promises, Lapid vowed to fix Israel’s bipartisan standing in the US and to minimize the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Hear why this is such a change of tune.
Who was Nizar Banat, the Palestinian social media activist who soundly criticized the Palestinian Authority? He was arrested by the PA in Hebron on Thursday night and died in custody a few hours later, sparking a series of ongoing protests in Hebron and Ramallah. The PA’s labor minister quit today in solidarity. Is this a tipping point?
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced a national mission to end violence in Arab communities. Been there, heard that?
And finally, Israel and Poland are having a bit of a diplomatic slapdown these past few days. Hear why.