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December 8, 2006
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President Bush nominated the chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition as U.S. ambassador to Belgium. Sam Fox, 77, a St. Louis businessman and philanthropist and a top GOP fund-raiser, has presided over the RJC’s aggressive drive in recent elections to portray Democratic support for Israel as diminishing.

Cardinal Jozef Glemp, a longtime leader of Poland’s Roman Catholic Church who clashed with Jewish groups, retired as archbishop of Warsaw. Glemp led the church in the 1980s during the height of the Solidarity movement and martial law, and offered support for the first mass movement against Soviet control. He became a figure of controversy in 1990 when he criticized Jewish protesters who demonstrated against the location of a Carmelite convent just outside the former Auschwitz death camp.

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