Daily Briefing Aug 13: Is the Saudis’ first PA envoy a herald of ties with Israel? – The Times of Israel

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.
Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and health reporter Renee Ghert-Zand join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.
With the uptick in fighting in Ethiopia’s Gondar region, Israel extracted some 200 citizens and local Jews from conflict zones in Ethiopia on Thursday. Sunday morning saw a protest by veteran immigrants, including members of Knesset, saying this is just a drop in the bucket. How was the operation carried out?
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Jordan presented his credentials on Saturday to begin also serving as Riyadh’s first-ever non-resident ambassador to Palestine. Is this nod to the PA basically checking the list before normalizing relations with Israel?
The US and Iran reached a tentative deal in which Iran will release five American detainees in exchange for the release of several billion dollars in frozen Iranian assets. What did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have to say about this?
On Thursday, Netflix’s dropped a six-episode limited series, “Painkiller,” which focuses on the prescription opioid crisis in the United States. On the same day, the US Supreme Court temporarily blocked a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would shield members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids. According to “Painkiller,” what was the family’s knowledge of how addictive OxyContin really is?
A collaborative team of researchers from several Israeli institutions has created, from stem cells, an itsy bitsy beating heart the size of a third of a grain of rice. We hear more about this and other human organoids.
Discussed articles include:
Israel rescues some 200 citizens and Jews from Ethiopia conflict region
Saudi Arabia appoints its first ever non-resident ambassador to Palestine
PM scorns US-Iran deal unfreezing Iranian assets in exchange for release of prisoners
Netflix’s ‘Painkiller’ is mesmerizing drama about Sackler role in ongoing opioid crisis
US Supreme Court blocks OxyContin bankruptcy deal that would shield Sacklers
Created from stem cells, Israeli researchers grow tiny, beating model of human heart
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