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 Times of Israel editor David Horovitz and United States correspondent Jacob Magid, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
US President Joe Biden was inaugurated yesterday in a ceremony with muted pomp and circumstance, and much conciliatory messaging. Invoking his mother, St. Augustine, and Psalm 30, Biden gave a heartfelt cry for empathy, unity and the dawn of a better day.
Immediately following the ceremony, Biden signed 15 executive orders that unraveled much of the work of the Trump administration. Will Biden’s team continue the Trump-led Abraham Accords? Magid fills us in on which Muslim countries were next in line to sign agreements with the Jewish state.
Ron Dermer stepped down yesterday from his role as the Israeli ambassador to the US. Just how instrument was he in swinging the pendulum of Israel support into partisan territory?
Finally, among the first challenges facing Biden is whether or not to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears primed for a fight.