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Israeli Diplomat to Pray For Mideast Peace Tonight in Lafayette

Update; Consul general of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, Andy David, is scheduled to pray for peace tonight at Temple Isaiah.

Updated, 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, add link to story about diplomatic efforts to end Israel-Palestine fighting.

The Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Andy David, is due to attend an event in Lafayette this (Tuesday) evening to pray for peace and update the dispute in Israel.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette.

David, 44, was named the consul general in the San Francisco consulate last summer, according to a feature in jweekly.com. He said at the time that strengthening ties with the Bay Area's high-tech industries was high on his agenda. He was a deputy consul general in Chicago from 2004 to 2008.

Peace in the Mideast is elusive at the moment. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Israel Tuesday to encourage diplomatic solutions to the crisis between Israel and Palestine, the Huffington Post reported.

Israel demands an end to rocket fire from Gaza and a halt to weapons smuggling into Gaza through tunnels under the border with Egypt. It also wants international guarantees that Hamas will not rearm or use Egypt's Sinai region, which abuts both Gaza and southern Israel, to attack Israelis.

Hamas wants Israel to halt all attacks on Gaza and lift tight restrictions on trade and movement in and out of the territory that have been in place since Hamas seized Gaza by force in 2007. Israel has rejected such demands in the past.

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