The LA Times runs an obituary of Edward Sanders, Middle East adviser to Pres. Carter. Speculation continues to swirl around a possible prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas, and the possible inclusion of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti. The German mediator has asked Hamas to stop press leaks. Israel is reportedly planning to build a wall along the Egypt-Gaza border, and is banning foreign leaders from visiting the Strip. Israel's justice minister has come under heavy criticism for saying that Jewish religious law should be paramount in Israel. Ha'aretz runs a commentary questioning whether Israel is interested in peace, and another arguing that the settlers' own extremism will prove their undoing. A commentary in the Guardian points out how much American financial support underwrites settler extremism. The head of UNRWA says the plight of the refugees must be addressed. The Tablet website profiles PM Fayyad.

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