Does it really matter that California's governor was born in Austria? Accent or not, Arnold Schwarzenegger is all American now, from his biceps to his latissimus dorsi.
Well, Arnold's Austrian-ness matters to at least one man -- Martin Weiss. To Weiss, the new Austrian consul general in Los Angeles, the Austrian lad who left home and made good is a precious resource.
Visiting Austrian VIPs all ask for private face time with their famous landsman. Weiss does the best he can.
Israel claims that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has no jurisdiction to rule on the West Bank security barrier, but at the same time, the government is preparing detailed legal, security and diplomatic arguments and an intensive public relations campaign.
The government also announced this week that it may make significant changes in the fence's route, ahead of the Feb. 23 proceedings at The Hague.