The US has put convicted US spy Jonathan Pollard on the table to keep the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks going. However, any deal would not include an Israeli settlement freeze, says an official close to talks.
Earlier today, Israel's Housing Ministry announced plans for new settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, prompting Palestinians to threaten to walk out of peace talks.
It's like a never-ending upside-down waterfall of groundhog days.
Israel's parliament appears likely to pass a law funding Israeli museums in the West Bank – the latest settler effort to promote a creeping annexation of the disputed territory.