• The State Department backed the Israeli Turkel Commission’s finding of no IDF culpability for the nine flotilla deaths. [Haaretz]
• Ban Ki-moon condemned the apparent 9/11 Truther sentiments of the U.N.’s “special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories.” [Haaretz]
• The Israeli cabinet significantly raised the tax on profit from gas and oil following the major offshore discoveries. Welcome to the petrostate era. [NYT]
• Ethan Bronner has a solid take on the Palestine Papers. [NYT]
Enjoy the State of the Union tonight. Because even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.