As the local political season comes to a close, I might be feeling the effects of all the arm-waving distractions that come with campaigns. One side makes all sorts of claims about the opponent’s record, and the other side responds, “Ignore that stuff, look over HERE!” The mix of cynicism and practical political manipulation shows up everywhere, and sometimes with curious…More
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After a working dinner Monday night at the State Department, negotiators for Palestine and Israel were scheduled to meet once more on Tuesday before returning home. They might already be airborne, but the two opening sessions offer hope for a fresh start. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, backed by a majority of…More