US Middle East envoy George Mitchell is due to meet with Israeli diplomats today to discuss a possible settlement freeze, but an Israeli cabinet minister says Prime Minister Netanyahu has pledged not to make any such commitment. Palestinian and Israeli ministers hold economic talks in Jerusalem. Amira Hass argues that the outcry over violent crimes in Israel obscures the deeper violence of the occupation. Hamas and Israel continue to bicker over a possible prisoner exchange involving captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. A senior Israeli rabbi declares that Jews who sell land to Arabs are “enemies.” Israeli and West Bank mayors pitch a joint economic development plan. Moment magazine tracks the evolution of Palestinian identity among some Arab citizens of Israel.

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