A protest in Ramallah, the West Bank, today.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

• President Abbas said he is willing to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu in New York—potentially a sign that U.N. maneuvers could still be headed off. [Haaretz]

• Western diplomats certainly haven’t given up. [NYT]

• It is conventional wisdom among administration hands that Bashar Assad is not long for ruling Syria. They are looking to Iraq as a model for the ethnically fractured country, and the American occupation thereof as what not to let happen. [NYT]

• On the question of Palestine, China speaks! But it doesn’t really say anything. [Arutz Sheva]

• Instability in Israel and Syria threatens his regime, Jordan’s king, Abdullah II, complains. (Full interview here.) [WSJ]

• Israel’s embassy in Cairo reopened for the first time since it was stormed a week and a half ago. [NYT]