What would Dr. Freud say about Israel?(Talking in Circles)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu said the decision to landmark Abraham’s and Rachel’s burial sites in Israel-controlled West Bank was being blown way out of proportion: it isn’t meant to change those sites’ status quo. (But isn’t the concern that it will make that status quo permanent?) [JPost]

• Meanwhile, on the ground, there were skirmishes between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers over the move, though larger protests didn’t materialize. [NYT]

• Longtime Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has suggested, it was revealed, that the Palestinians drop claims for autonomy and instead try to get a single binational state established. [Haaretz]

• The passport photos of the suspected assassins of Hamas’s chief weapons man were doctored slightly, so that now, the suspects couldn’t be identified as easily. Maybe Mossad didn’t bungle this as much as we think? More later in the day. [Haaretz]

• U.S. diplomats told Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem they expect new Security Council sanctions on Iran in March or April. [Haaretz]

• A psychologist diagnoses the Israelis and the Palestinians with “collective trauma,” for which the cure is “diplomatic therapy.” Presumably not at $225/hour. [NYT]