Israeli officials have reportedly agreed to a temporary moratorium on West Bank settlement construction activity, outraging Jewish settlers. A poll released yesterday finds that Palestinians prefer Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah party over Hamas. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets today with President Obama in Washington to discuss the Middle East peace initiative. Analysis of the newly elected Fatah leadership continues. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency profiles the new Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren. Politico reports that Israelis are voicing increasing disappointment in President Obama's Jewish chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel.

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