Tony Blair meets with President Abbas earlier today.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

• U.S. diplomats are frantically trying to put together a compromise that would allow President Abbas to re-enter the direct talks. [JPost]

• In a turnabout, Prime Minister Netanyahu now advocates a version of the loyalty oath bill that would require all prospective immigrants, including Jews, to pledge allegiance to a “Jewish and democratic” state. [JPost]

• Netanyahu alleged that Hamas in Gaza has anti-aircraft weapons, which if true would change the current dynamic wherein the Israeli Air Force can lauch strikes with abandon if it chooses. [AP/NYT]

• The Israeli demand for recognition of its Jewishness stems from its fear of the growth of its Arab minority. [LAT]

• A suspect in the Dubai assassination of Hamas weapons man Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was arrested in Canada. We don’t know more, making this seem vaguely like your girlfriend who lives in Canada. [JTA]

• A further appreciation of the late human rights law professor Louis Henkin. [NYT]