hospital director Zeev Rotstein talks with journalists on January 3, 2014, during a press conference at the Tel Hashomer hospital where former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been housed in a comatose state for eight years.(JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

• Doctors say former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, whose condition is worsening after eight years in a comatose state following a major stroke in 2006, is now suffering from a blood infection. [JTA]

• Two Egyptian protestors were killed in clashes with police during the ongoing Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations against the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi. [Reuters]

• Bernard Avishai on Netanyahu’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. [New Yorker]

• Iris Apfel, the white-haired style icon known for her whimsical outfits and accessories, sits down with T Magazine’s Deborah Needleman. [NYT]

• Rabbi Andy Bachman, who just this morning was described as the “rare combination of menschlicheit and cool” by Times movie critic A.O. Scott, has some interesting thoughts on Inside Llewyn Davis (you can read J. Hoberman’s Tablet review here). [Water Over Rocks]

• Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine was nominated for a Producers Guild of America award—a boost for the film’s Oscar chances. [Hollywood Reporter]