• Despite limited domestic dissent, Iran is taking advantage of the upheavals throughout the Arab world to project its power and increase its influence. [NYT]
• Sen. John Kerry and Syrian President Assad have been secretly working on a paper that would outline where peace talks with Israel would begin. [Haaretz]
• New satellite photos show what appears to be a second Syrian nuclear installation (the first being the one Israel bombed a few years ago), which could up the ante when international inspectors decide what to do about the country next month. [WSJ]
• An attempt was made on the life of Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, the longtime intelligence head who is seen as the official closest to Israel. He was unhurt. [Arutz Sheva]
• Conversions performed under some American Orthodox rabbis’ supervision are reportedly not being accepted as legitimate by Israel’s chief rabbinate, thereby affecting the ability of those converted to immigrate. [JTA]
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.