10 things you need to know today: July 14, 2022

Biden starts Middle East trip by renewing U.S. commitment to Israel's security, inflation jumps 9.1 percent in June, and more

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1. Biden starts trip by saying U.S. committed to Israel's security

President Biden, starting a four-day tour of the Middle East, said in Tel Aviv that the United States remains committed to Israel's security. Biden is seeking to bolster Israel's ties with Arab nations and focus on Iran as a common enemy. "We'll continue to advance Israel's integration into the region and the relationship between the US and Israel is deeper and stronger in my view than it's ever been," Biden said. He was received by Israeli President Isaac Herzog and caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid, and opted for fist-bumping rather than shaking hands during a red-carpet welcome, in an expression of concern about rising COVID cases. Biden will visit Saudi Arabia after he leaves Israel.

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