The Doves Fly Again

THOMAS COEX/AFP TAKING AIM: An Israeli soldier on patrol in Bethlehem Alone among mainstream Israeli politicians, Amram Mitzna sports a beard. Sectarians — Israeli Arabs, Ultra-Orthodox Jews and settlers — grow hair on their chins, but the rest of the political spectrum is clean-shaven. So the whiskers of Mitzna, who was picked last week to lead the Labor Party into national elections in January, have come to symbolize the enigma of this newcomer. Is there a strong, decisive chin beneath the fuzz, or is he soft and fluffy, like the...

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