Ghajar.(Uriel Sinai/Getty Images))

• A senior U.S. official promised that the United States is writing up a formal letter delineating the new freeze extension deal. [JPost]

• Meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu is trying to cut his own deal to get Interior Minister Eli Yishai, of Shas, to okay the extension and Defense Minister Barak, of Labor, to okay the approval of certain units after the new freeze would expire. [Ynet]

• A closer look at the implications of Israeli’s planned and approved withdrawal from the Lebanese village of Ghajar, which is near the Golan and occupied primarily by members of the Alawite sect, whose members rule nearby Syria. [NYT]

• The U.S. chairman of the joint chiefs of staffs insisted that Iran policy consists of “dialogue, engagement, and sanctions,” and that military action is in only some distant future, if at all. [JTA]

• There have been allegations that German government policy favors Liberal (i.e., Reform) Judaism over the Orthodox. [NYT]

• Um, the Steven Rosen vs. AIPAC lawsuit … depicted in anime. [Capitol J]