Bush: Palestinian state 'defined' by January|
Abbas meets with US president, prods for US pressure to halt Israeli settlement
in West Bank. Bush confident Palestinian state can be established by end of his term
WASHINGTON – President George W.
Bush sought to boost the Middle East peace process Thursday by voicing
fresh optimism about the creation of a Palestinian state. During a meeting
with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he said he remained confident that the
definition of a state for the Palestinian people would be reached before
he leaves office in January.
believe it's in Israel's interests and the Palestinian people's
interest to have leaders willing to work toward the achievement of that
state," Bush said during the meeting held at the White House.
Abbas headed into the meeting with the goal of prodding the
Bush administration to pressure Israel to stop settlement activities in
the West Bank. He defined a halt on settlements as a condition of the map
Jordanian King Abdullah II, who met with Bush earlier
this week, had also called for an end to all Israeli settlement
activities, as well as the lifting of the blockades and restrictions on
the movement of Palestinians.
In a statement published by the Jordanian Embassy, he was
reported to have told the US president that "it is important that Israel
refrains from measures that would jeopardize negotiations with the
said Palestinian leaders are "doing everything we can" to reach a peace
deal that would be satisfactory for his people and for Israel. "I cannot
say that the road to peace is paved with flowers," Abbas said. "It is
paved with obstacles. But together, we will work very hard in order to
eliminate those obstacles and achieve peace."
Original article: Worthy News
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