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President Abbas earlier this week.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

• The Arab League meeting today may produce angry rhetoric, but not, U.S. officials believe, an official endorsement for the Palestinian Authority to depart the peace talks. [NYT]

• Israeli officials, however, say they do expect Arab League backing for President Abbas’s decision. [JPost]

• Settlers seemed pleased, anyway. [JPost]

• Russia is refunding Iran’s down-payment for a sophisticated anti-aircraft system—further proof, says the U.S., that Russia is welcomely toughening up in its dealings with the Islamic Republic. [Laura Rozen]

• Guess who hasn’t been discovered? Really any of the over 30 suspected killers of Hamas weapons man Mahmoud al-Mabhouh [WSJ]

• A top Israeli energy tycoon discusses his rate battle with the Israeli government. [LAT]





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