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• An aide says that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not resume talks with Israel without a full settlement freeze, no exceptions: “Mr. Obama, we love you … but I am sorry this is not enough to bring us to the peace process.” [Reuters]
• Former Israeli P.M. Ehud Olmert has been formally indicted on charges of fraud and corruption for which he was pressured to resign from office last year; his adviser isn’t worried, after all, several other major investigations of Olmert have come to nothing. [Haaretz]
• The Associated Press is breaking new updates on a hot story: Madonna’s visit to Israel. So far, she’s been to the Western Wall. [AP]
• The Jewish community of Arkansas has completed its first locally made Torah scroll. [Today’s THV]
• Mystical artist Hyman Bloom died last week at 96. [NYT]





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