Assad Speaks

On the Golan, Hamas, and—yes—J Street

Putting Syria At The Center

And how possible Palestinian self-sovereignty could prompt progress

Daybreak: Star Wars, With Persian Subtitles

Plus Hamas in a huff and more in the news

They Dig Us

Arab regimes are restoring abandoned Jewish historical sites, a subtle acknowledgement of where power now resides in the Middle East

Daybreak: Anti-Semitism at Post-Holocaust High

Plus bin Laden cites Israel, Bibi claims ‘eternal’ settlements, and more in the news

Nuke and Dagger

A brief history of spies, plots, and mysterious deaths surrounding Iran’s nuclear program

Daybreak: Germany’s Historic Anti-Iran Stand

Plus a pope defends another, the ‘couch crisis,’ and more in the news

The Turkish To-Do: Turkey Wins, Israel Loses

Turks credit ‘wise man’ Peres

Daybreak: Three Days After Arson, West Bank Still On Edge

Plus Iran’s unpopular proposal, Lieberman nixes health care, and more in the news

Sundown: Happy Hanukkah from Barack and Michelle

Plus likely Iran sanctions and the Western Wall on Twitter

Daybreak: Ambassador Oren Bashes J Street

Plus U.S. blames Goldstone, Obama accepts prize

Daybreak: Oren States Bibi’s Case

Plus Edward Sanders R.I.P., N.J. gay marriage, and more in the news

Daybreak: Israel Would Talk To Syria

Plus a school war in N.Y., and more in the news

Harry Potter and the Case of the Syrian Translator

A new law allows Israelis to import books translated in Arab world

Israel, Syria Ready to Re-start Talks

Except there’s no agreement on preconditions, or on potential mediator

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