• When, exactly, will Egypt’s military leaders transfer power to a civilian government? Damned if Egypt’s military leaders know for sure. [NYT]

• In “a rare double veto,” Russia and China put the kibosh on the first U.N. Security Council resolution that would have recognized and condemned Syrian atrocities. [FP Turtle Bay]

• Defense Secretary Panetta failed to secure Israeli-American Ilan Grapel’s release from Egypt. [AP/Haaretz]

• The deputy chief of Israel’s mission to the United States, Dan Arbell, was relieved following revelations that he had given the press sensitive information. Feels like this could have legs. [Haaretz]

• Daniel Schectman of Haifa’s Technion became the third Israeli to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. [JPost]

• Politician and rabbi Hanan Porat, who helped found and popularize the settler movement at its outset and during its early years, died at 67. [NYT]