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Aviva and Noam Shalit yesterday.(Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

• In case you missed yesterday, a deal was struck between Israel and Hamas that, kennahurra, will free Gilad Shalit. [NYT]

• The head of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security force, said the terms of the exchange were optimal. Most of the hundreds of Palestinian prisoners released initially will not be able to return to East Jerusalem or the West Bank. [Haaretz]

• Noam and Aviva Shalit met with President Peres, packed up their tent, and went home to wait for their son. [Haaretz]

• Full details about the alleged Iranian plot in the United States, which primarily targeted the Saudi ambassador and involved a Mexican drug cartel. [NYT]

• U.N. human rights officers called on Israel to end price tag vandalism. And this morning, Israelis were hit back with it, as vandals wrote “death to Jews” on a synagogue in Safed. [AP/WP/ Haaretz]

• The Israeli general in charge of the West Bank (“the Judea and Samaria Division”) called on the U.S. Congress not to halt aid to the Palestinian Authority. [NYT]

• Despite a three-day visit by President Abbas, Colombia remains largely unswayed, its president saying it would either vote no on or abstain from a U.N. Security Council vote on Palestinian membership. This is … a really, really bad day for Abbas. [AP/WP]





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