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President Abbas yesterday.(Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

• President Abbas pledged not to return to talks unless construction is frozen in East Jerusalem; the prior freeze, and the current deal, concern the West Bank but not disputed parts of the city. [NYT]

• A preliminary probe found circumstantial evidence linking Hezbollah to former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination, according to one report. A U.N. tribunal is expected to issue indictments soon, which could cause havoc in Lebanon if Hezbollah is implicated. [WP]

• Yehuda Kolko, a teacher in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community suspected of mass molestation, was arrested in Brooklyn over the weekend. [The Jewish Star]

• Two Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, urged the Senate to pass the START arms control treaty signed by President Obama and favored by most Democrats. They argue it is important to the U.S.-Russia relationship, which is in turn important to countering Iran. [Laura Rozen]

• A former Knesset member for Kadima says the time is right for a new Likud-Kadima governing coalition. [JPost]

• Norris Church Mailer, Norman’s widow who recently published a memoir of their time together, died at 61. [NYT]





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