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.
On Thursday in Egypt, Israeli President Shimon Peres backed the 'spirit' of a Saudi proposal that offers Arab recognition of Israel.
Readers write about Palin's VP qualifications, the US military's role around the world, another way to look at the abortion debate, and Syria's superficial diplomatic gestures.
False rumors have tempered enthusiasm from this slice of the Democratic base.