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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shakes hands with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Jerusalem, November 30, 2006.

Condoleezza Rice has a lot in common with her secret new soul mate, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Both are women with razor-sharp intellects, center-right convictions and an odd blend of rigid righteousness and pragmatism. Both work under men whose popularity has plummeted because of the bungled conduct of a war (Iraq for George Bush, Lebanon for Ehud Olmert). And both realize that this vulnerability, combined with the even greater weakness of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has made the timing ripe for a new strategy for an Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Up until now, Rice has not spearheaded any ambitious new diplomatic initiatives in the...

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