Last May.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu will announce a new peace push to a joint session of the U.S. Congress next month. [WSJ]

• Turkey denied Israel’s request to halt any future flotillas. “This is an initiative by civil society,” the government said. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• Despite President Assad’s firing of several ministers and releasing several prisoners, Syria continues to be in a state of upheaval. [LAT]

• Victor Arrigoni, an Italian International Solidary Movement activist beloved in Gaza, was kidnapped and killed there by a radical fringe jihadi group. [NYT]

• The World Bank debates the economics of the new Middle East. [NYT]

• Arthur Marx, son of Groucho and a writer in his own right, died at 89. [NYT]