• Amid the latest talk of a prisoner exchange with Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that there is still “no conclusion, no decision, and no deal” for the return of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. [JPost]
• According to an unnamed Israeli TV program quoting unnamed officials, Netanyahu has proposed a 10-month settlement freeze in the West Bank. [AP]
• The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America bans those with messianic views from membership, which will primarily affect those in Chabad who believe the Lubavitcher Rebbe may come back from the dead. [COLlive]
• Bernard Avishai speaks up for J Street: “[I]f Jews can be said to have stood for anything traditionally, was it not this allergy to dogma—this breaking of idols? Did we not see the democratic rights as, well, commanded? And, tragically, have not the land of Israel and Jewish military power themselves become idols for American Jews since 1967?” [WPost]