Oh hey, sup? Obama yesterday.(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

• President Obama “dropped by” a meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Washington, D.C., to convey his support for Israel’s security. Barak meets Secretaries Clinton and Gates today in the run-up to U.S.-mediated proximity talks next month. [Haaretz]

• Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also backs the proximity talks and will take the proposal to the Arab League this weekend. [WSJ]

• In an interview, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat calls the U.S. request for a full settlement freeze “an illegal demand.” [LAT]

• The Israeli millitary killed a Hamas man thought to be responsible for the 2004 death of a border policeman. [NYT]

• The normally sorrowful Roger Cohen feels optimistic about the peace process, thanks to (he says) Obama’s realism, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s state-building, and Israeli unease with the status quo. [NYT]

• An IDF investigation just found that soldiers made mistakes in the deaths of four West Bank Palestinians last month. [JTA]