Post-Friday prayers, protesting in Syria.(-/AFP/Getty Images)

• Despite some reforms the regime announced, thousands marched in Syria after prayers. [AP/WP]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu has appealed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to stop the Gaza flotilla scheduled for May. [Haaretz]

Haaretz breaks news of secret negotiations with Russia to dissuade it from supporting a European Union initiative to lay out two states along the 1967 borders. [Haaretz]

• Israel’s watchdog will probe Netanyahu’s travel and campaign spending following reports—vigorously denied—of abuse of funds. [AP/WP]

• Daily life in Sderot. [The Daily]

• The Kabbalah Centre, embattled. [Page Six]