• Dennis Ross, President Obama’s National Security Council Mideast point-man, is in Israel trying to solve the settlement freeze conundrum in advance of next week’s planned talks. (Bonus! Shmuel Rosner agrees with everyone else and says the talks won’t produce anything any time soon.) [Laura Rozen]
• Start-up nation’s entrepreneurial track record is not nearly as good once the start-up phase is completed. [WSJ]
• The strongly pro-Israel American group Z Street sued the IRS, alleging it was denied tax-exempt status out of political motivations. [Laura Rozen]
• There’s a new, Bizarro Version of the Walt/Mearsheimer book called The Arab Lobby coming out. [Dave Weigel]
I’m aware this is a Jewish magazine (yes I got that memo), but in the spirit of ecumenicism, here is Lyle Lovett and his Large Band singing “Church.”
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.