• Germany acknowledged that Israel accepted a prisoner-swap deal, likely of hundreds of prisoners, for Gilad Shalit nearly five years ago, but Hamas rejected it. [Ynet]

• At a tense meeting, a U.S. envoy informed Palestinian negotiators that America prefers talks and opposes the U.N. path to statehood. [JPost]

• Iran conducted war games that included firing missiles capable of reaching Israel. [Haaretz]

• Disparate groups from Syria’s opposition were able to send delegates to the first officially sanctioned meeting in Damascus. [NYT]

• Six more liberal congressmen, including one Jew, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Clinton asking her to protect U.S. citizens aboard the Flotilla 2. [JTA]

• The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case about California’s power to enact restitution to Holocaust victims, in a victory for a museum there and a defeat for the dispossessed heirs of artworks and the like. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]