• Israeli Ambassador (and prominent journalist) Michael Oren takes to the Wall Street Journal op-ed page to defend Prime Minister Netanyahu’s temporary construction freeze and call on the Palestinians to reciprocate. [WSJ]
• Edward Sanders, a one-time American Israel Public Affairs Committee head and adviser to President Carter who rose to prominence during the 1973 oil crisis, died, of cancer, at 87. [LAT]
• Syria has agreed to negotiate openly with Israel without preconditions and with French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy as mediator, according to Netanyahu. [Haaretz]
• A committee narrowly passed New Jersey’s gay marriage bill, setting up a vote of the state’s full Senate. [NYT]
• The U.S. death rate from colon cancer (to which Ashkenazim are particularly susceptible) will drop significantly, reaching half its 2000 level in 2020, a new report predicts. [Vos Iz Neias?]