When American Jewish community leaders travel to New Orleans for their yearly summit in early November, they should be sure to bring some clothes they don?t mind getting dirty.
Ask Meron Reuben, Israel?s new interim United Nations envoy, what position he represents in a government whose top foreign policy voices take diametrically opposed stands on the timeline for reaching peace with the Palestinians and, like a diplomat, he avoids answering directly.
As Israelis and Palestinians continue to reject compromise on the extension of a Jewish settlements freeze on the West Bank, all eyes are turning to Washington to see what happens next.
It’s a late Monday afternoon in October, Election Day looming like a thunderhead over the Mojave Desert, and John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party, is gruff but confident. The campaign is “going fine for the senator,” he grumbles on the phone from his Sacramento office, noting the leading position his candidate, Barbara Boxer, holds in the latest polls. Burton is pleased that the previous day’s Los Angeles Times has endorsed her for the first time ever. The fact that the San Francisco Chronicle withheld its editorial blessing from both Boxer and her Republican challenger, Carly Fiorina, fazes him not a bit. “The Chronicle is a piece of [expletive],” Burton growls.3
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