Note the flag.(Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

• Though a final decision is likely to wait for next week, the Palestinian Authority is trying to secure agreements from Israel in exchange for a pledge not to take a statehood resolution to the U.N. Security Council. [Haaretz]

• As expected, Republican Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin for Anthony Weiner’s old House seat. More at 10. [NYT]

• Israeli-U.S. ties may actually be at their highest point, both exemplified and reinforced by Obama’s personal diplomacy over the weekend to help save the lives of six guards trapped at the Israeli embassy in Cairo. [Politico]

• A separate U.N. human rights probe declared the Gaza naval blockade illegal. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• That part yesterday when President Ahmadinejad said the two hikers in custody would be set free? Not so fast, said a different Iranian power center. [WP]

• And Iran’s “charm offensive” concerning its nuclear program has failed to seduce the Americans. [DPA/Haaretz]

• U.S. student Ilan Grapel is still being held by Egypt as a spy; an American request to release him was denied, and his detention was extended 45 days. [Haaretz]