Daily Briefing May 29: Tensions flare in Jerusalem; Saudis and Israelis talk

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.

ToI founding editor David Horovitz and US correspondent Jacob Magid join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Horovitz reflects on tensions in Jerusalem ahead of the Jerusalem Day Flag March that begins later this afternoon and the background to this potentially flammable situation.

Magid discusses the US position on the Flag March and the administration’s attempts to defuse the political tensions surrounding the event.

Horovitz provides an update on the current status of the government coalition and reviews rising support for Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, at the expense of the shaky coalition.

He and Magid also discuss news of a senior Israeli official visiting Saudi Arabia, what that could mean for Israel, and the US involvement in the quietly warming relations between Jerusalem and Riyadh.

Discussed articles include:

US pushing Israel to reroute controversial Jerusalem march away from Muslim Quarter

Amid rising Jerusalem Day tensions, Jewish group waves Israeli flags on Temple Mount

Senior Israeli official said to visit Saudi Arabia amid growing talk of warming ties

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