The last time around Nader stayed as far away from the Israeli and Palestinians issues as he could. During his entire hour-long speech at MCI Center just days before the election he hardly mentioned Israel or the Palestinians at all; though his speech was clearly designed to cover just about every other foreign and domestic issue. Nader's approach then was to be in this sense a typical politician. He knew that many of his 'liberal' and 'progressive' supporters, including those Jewish, would not like what he had to say about Israel -- so he just avoided it. The hope then was clearly that one way or another Nader wanted to get 5% of the vote and put the Green party on the map, and in the funds, for subsequent elections. This time around the situation is different. First of all Intifada II is raging and more people are really upset. Second of all Nader has already lost much of that Jewish liberal support to Kerry, and he knows it. And third of all Nader is desperate to get some political traction...and he knows he's got to come across more than ever as the one guy out there who will call it straight.