President Abbas yesterday.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

• As the Palestinians circled their wagons, President Abbas accused the Israelis of preferring settlements to peace. [JPost]

• Richard Holbrooke, one of the United States’s most important diplomats, died at 69. [NYT]

• ADL condemns Kissinger’s remarks, says he’s alright anyway cause of Israel. [ADL]

• Reporting on the complex situation in Lebanon, Roger Cohen calls for U.S. engagement with Hezbollah. [NYT]

• Israel-Arab cooperation in the wake of the fire. [NYT]

• Israel had to cancel a ceremony to honor 10 Palestinian firefighters after three were not permitted to enter the country. Recall that they were all allowed in to, y’know, fight the fire. [Haaretz]