• Accusing President Assad of not cooperating, the White House suggested a “new approach” is needed for Syria. Nobody could have seen this coming. [Reuters/JPost]
• Jordan’s King Abdullah II just swore in a new government, including his fourth prime minister in the past year and a half, leading to questions over stability there. [NYT]
• The latest form of Palestinian resistance is prisoner hunger strikes, currently engaged in by more than 1500. [NYT]
• Hagai Amir, a co-conspirator in his brother Yigal’s assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was released from prison after serving 16 years. [JTA]
• The lawlessness of the Sinai, and the Egyptian military’s self-admitted inability to control it, could lead to the end of the peace with Israel, argues Steven A. Cook. [CFR From the Potomac to the Euphrates]
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.