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Despite a stodgy reputation, Republicans are capable of a little craziness. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was moved to scold a group of GOP congressmen who drank and went swimming -- at least one of them in the nude (that's him pictured) -- during a "fact-finding" trip to Israel last year.

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According to ex-British prime minister turned Middle East envoy Tony Blair, a Mideast peace deal is possible "within the year." Following President Obama's speech in Cairo and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's response in which he finally agreed to the creation of a Palestinian state (under very tight conditions), Blair is confident that with continued discussions and proper mediation Israelis and Palestinians can come to an agreement.

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The U.S. and Israel have agreed not to recognize or support a new Palestinian unity government unless it first recognizes Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will have to do some political tightrope-walking in the days ahead as he attempts to make peace with Hamas at home and improve relations with Israel and its allies abroad.

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