Pro-Makhoul protestors in May.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

• A close look at how religious-based politics are thriving in the Middle East and Iran. [NYT]

• Ameer Makhoul, the Israeli Arab community leader charged with spying for Hezbollah, may strike a plea bargain. [Haaretz]

• In which we get to meet Adam Levin, author of The Instructions. [Chicago Tribune]

• Bureaucratic red tape is preventing Israel’s nascent solar energy industry from thriving. [Fast Company]

• Israelis and non-Israeli Jews hash out what role the Diaspora has to play in determining policies related to Israeli security. [JTA]

• Rabbi arrested in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Maybe. DEVELOPING. [Ditmas Park Blog]

A new site explains principles of economics … through Seinfeld. Below, Jerry parses the academic definition of a reservation: