• Haaretz updates what’s known about the pending prisoner release.
• For more commentary/analysis, see Amira Hass, Nahum Barnea, the Times of Israel, Daily Telegraph, Jennifer Rubin, Amir Taheri, Daniel Hannan and Brendan O’Neill, plus staff-eds in the NY Post, NY Daily News, and Irish Times.
• Egypt’s barring Gaza fishermen from waters off the northern Sinai coast. Well shiver me timbers: The Guardian will have to send landlubber reporters like Harriet Sherwood and Rory McCarthy back out to sea:
Egyptian security officials told Ma’an that the decision aims to prevent Palestinians and members of militant groups from entering Egyptian territory.
• Egyptians love conspiracy theories. Even the relatively respectable Al-Ahram couldn’t pass up on one about the US ambassador. The NY Times explains:
It was not clear whether the Al Ahram report was the work of an overzealous editor who failed to consult his superiors, a trial balloon or just a mistake. The front page of Monday’s edition, posted on the Web Sunday evening, said in a banner headline, “Public Prosecutor Orders the Detention of Morsi for 15 Days.”
Below that, in eight breathless smaller headlines, the paper described a scheme by Mr. Morsi, colluding with the American ambassador, to “run the country” from a Cairo mosque. It promised details of the “American conspiracy against Egypt in the last hours of the reign of the Brotherhood,” . . .
• The Irish Times takes a nice long look at Hezbollah in Syria.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• A NY Times staff-ed wants to give diplomacy with Iran more time
• Michael Herzog comments on Israeli-Turkish reconciliation in a Hurriyet commentary.
• It’s just a movie, right?
For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.