Once upon a time when I was at university I did some research which required the perusal of lots of old newspapers from the 1950s. I was startled to see how many of the events trumpeted with large fonts on front pages I'd never heard of. Not only local news, even reports on international diplomatic events, proclamations, and programs. Some of this was my ignorance, of course, but some was the newspapers' fundamental need to portray the moment's events as important, and the editors' natural inability to know in advance what might have lasting significance (not much) and what would be forgotten by the following week.
So while the media and blogosphere have been full of reports on the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations which are re-starting this week, I've mostly been silent. I expect they'll fail, I'd wish they'd succeed, and don't have much to tell that you won't find elsewhere, and it's not very serious over there, either.
I can add one very small tidbit however. It has to do with Bibi Netanyahu's relationship with his father, 100-year-old Benzion Netanyahu. Much has been written about this, recently for example by Jeffrey Goldberg in his interesting report on the possibility Israel will bomb Iran's nuclear program. The theory is that Bibi can't moderate his hawkish positions for fear of angering his father. How much truth there is to this idea I cannot say - nor can anyone else except Bibi, and he ain't telling. However, it might interest you to know that early this morning, before setting out to the airport on his way to Washington, Netanyahu made a visit to his father, who lives around the corner from here, and his security escorts blocked the street. I find it slightly touching that our prime minister comes to get his father's blessing (I'm assuming) before setting out on a potentially important trip.