By adding females to the police force, Palestinian officials hope to improve the image of their security forces.
Sheikh Ishaq Abdel-Jawad Taha issues scores of religious rulings every day to average Palestinians and also participates in interfaith dialogue with Israelis.
Sunday's meeting in Egypt was probably the Bush administration's last effort to get a Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Some Arabs see him as more of an 'honest broker' in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But that conflict may not be a priority.
Readers write about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, how leadership builds the public's trust in government, and single-issue voters.
John McCain leads Barack Obama by 12 percent in one Israeli poll, a reflection of security concerns.