--Maariv's new diplomatic affairs correspondent, Anna Barsky, writes about her trip to the West Bank at the invitation of the Palestinian Authority.*
Quote of the day #2:
"We talk to Hamas all the time. It's a stupid lie that we ignore them because they are terrorists. They are terrorists, but it's better to talk to them rather than fight them."
--Former deputy IDF chief Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yair Golan, currently a lawmaker with the Labor-Gesher-Meretz alliance, urged Israel on Tuesday to talk directly with Hamas and strike a security agreement.**
You Must Be Kidding:
Israel's Housing Ministry is promoting the construction of 9,000 Israeli homes in E. Jerusalem, in an area which even the Trump plan designated as Palestinian.***