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April 30, 2004
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President Bush nominated a top State Department Israel-Palestinian official to be ambassador to Jordan. Bush sent his nomination of David Satterfield, a deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, to the Senate on Wednesday. Satterfield, a career diplomat, staked out a position on Israel that at times was more critical than that of his colleagues, saying at one point that Israel’s settlement policy threatened the Jewish state’s democratic character.

About 800 people commemorated the British World War I general who helped shape the precursor to the Israeli army. Sunday’s ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, where Orde Wingate is buried, drew dignitaries and Jewish leaders, and it marked the 60th anniversary of the general’s death. Wingate, who became a fervent Zionist during his time in pre-state Palestine, died leading a U.S.-British force in Burma.

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