Israel rules out kidnapping as a possibility after launching a search for a soldier who was feared missing. Oman and Qatar have reportedly told the U.S. that they will renew diplomatic ties with Israel if it freezes settlement activity, while Israel expresses its skepticism about the pledge. At a press conference yesterday President Mahmoud Abbas insists that Palestinians will not agree to a state with temporary borders. A district court refuses a request from Jewish families who have moved into homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem to issue a restraining order against the Palestinian families who were evicted from those homes. As analysis of the recently concluded Fatah party congress continues, an op-ed in The Guardian criticizes the conference for excluding women entirely from the new leadership committees.

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