Netanyahu: Israel won't back down on East Jerusalem apartments. CNN: 'Israel has no intention of backing down in its argument with the United States over Israeli plans to build 1,600 apartments on disputed land in largely Arab East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.'
Iraq: No election recount. The BBC reports that 'Iraq's election commission has rejected calls from the president and prime minister for a recount of votes cast in the general election on 7 March.' IraqPundit explains (after going off on yet another clueless NYT article) that
Several political science professors and information science professors were interviewed [Arabic]. They said the success of Allawi is a rejection of the political religious movements. Iraqis saw what religion does when it enters politics, and they don't like it.