• Ronen Bergman takes us on a tour of Israel’s calculations and planning and concludes, “I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012.” [NYT Magazine]

• And from the U.S. perspective, does anything come after sanctions? (More at 10.) [NYT]

• The Arab League appealed to the United Nations to take action on Syria. [WP]

• Talking in Amman, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators grew angry when an Israeli tried to prevent his stance on security arrangements. The sides meet again today. [Haaretz]

• Israel jailed the speaker of the Palestinian parliament and another Hamas legislator for six months without trial. [WP]

• The Russian Jewish Congress protested a memorial to a particular Nazi slaughter that removed the word “Holocaust” and seemed to de-ethnicize the killing. [AP/NYT]