New US diplomacy in the Middle East has raised some hope of getting Israel and the Palestinians in the same room at the same time. What's the role of the so-called "Israel Lobby" in Washington? Is it too conservative for many American Jews? Is it so powerful that it has stifled debate on US policy in the Middle East? Also, Protestant leader Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin agree to power-sharing negotiations and, on Reporter's Notebook, a new study on day-care options for the children of working parents.
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In Belfast, Northern Ireland today, a joint news conference many thought never would happen. They did not shake hands--but Ian Paisley of the Protestant Democratic Unionist Party and Gerry Adams of Catholic Sinn Féin appeared together to announce renewed negotiations on sharing power. They both expressed hope that they could lay the foundation for a lasting peace. Owen Bowcott is Ireland Correspondent for the Guardian.
Owen Bowcott, Ireland Correspondent for the Guardian
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in the Middle East this week, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. That is something Israel has said it will not do, since Abbas' Fatah faction formed a unity government with the more radical Hamas, which refuses to recognize the Jewish state. Meantime in the US, there's heated debate over the so-called "Israel Lobby," epitomized by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. Some influential Jewish Americans contend that AIPAC and its allies are too conservative, but say that AIPAC and its allies are so powerful they have squelched debate about American policy in the Middle East. They say that's bad for both the US and Israel itself where, ironically, debate is much more open.
Michael Massing, Contributing Editor to the Columbia Journalism Review
Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive VP of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
J.J. Goldberg, Editor of Forward
Daniel Levy, European Council on Foreign Relations (@ecfr)
Working parents all over the country are struggling over what to do with their pre-schoolers when they themselves aren't available. Should the kids get nanny care, family home-care or go to a day-care center? The latest evidence comes from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, where 15 researchers studied 1364 children from birth through the age of 12. Published in the latest issue of Child Development, the conclusion is that a large amount of time in a child-care center leads to minor behavior problems that last at least through the sixth grade.
Deborah Lowe Vandell, Chair of the Department of Education at UC Irvine
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