Here’s one of the more puzzling headlines of the month, right off the AP ticker: “US Trying to salvage Gains in Mideast Talks.”
According to the story, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called top Israel and Palestinian negotiators to Washington this week to “preserve modest momentum” in the U.S.-backed effort to get a deal - any kind of deal, please - by the end of the year and the end of President George W. Bush’s term.
James Besser in Washington
Last week the Political Insider reported on the curious fact that leaders of Christians United for Israel had decided to make most of their “Washington Summit” this week off limits to the press.
Sen. John McCain’s decision to reject the endorsements of Pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley (see this week’s Jewish Week story here) could bolster support from centrist swing voters - including some Jews who are inclined to vote Republican but remain concerned about the influence of the religious right on the Republican Party.