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Daily Briefing May 18, Day 225: US explores sanctions for extremists blocking Gaza aid

US bureau chief Jacob Magid on a further long-shot attempt at Saudi normalization this week and how the US solves its dissonant goals of toppling Hamas and ending the war

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

It is day 225 of the war with Hamas. US bureau chief Jacob Magid joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today’s episode.

The Biden administration is looking into sanctioning the extremist Israelis involved in the recent spate of attacks targeting humanitarian aid convoys for Gaza civilians. Magid tells us about how widespread of a disturbance this is and what these potential sanctions would mean.

On May 13, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan again set out a 10-point list of the Biden Administration’s views on the ongoing war in Gaza. He later announced that he would visit Saudi Arabia and Israel to discuss the long-shot US effort to broker a normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia. What does Magid make of the timing of these events and how realistic is this normalization effort? Magid also speaks about the dissonance between the US’s goals of stopping Hamas and ending the war.

Magid explains why we recently saw a flurry of Hamas leaders meeting with Turkey’s leadership. He also discusses where, if anywhere, they could be rehoused if truly thrown out from Qatar.

For the latest updates, please see The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

US looking to sanction extremist Israelis for attacks on Gaza aid convoys, officials tell ToI

Top Biden aide Sullivan to visit Israel for talks on Saudi ties, Rafah — official

The US aims to wrap up Gaza war. How does that square with its goal of toppling Hamas?

Qatar briefly kicked out Hamas leaders as hostage talks stalled in April — officials

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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