Bush Pushes For Mideast Peace

While visiting Israel this week, President George W. Bush has urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make concessions in order to bring peace to the region.

“Achieving an agreement will require painful political concessions by both sides. I called upon both leaders to make sure their teams negotiate seriously, starting right now.”

During his visit, Bush has been stressing the creation of a Palestinian state and an end to Israeli occupation:

“There should be an end to the occupation that began in 1967. The agreement must establish a Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people, just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people.”

President Bush is hoping that the two groups can come to an agreement by the end of this year. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had this to say about the talks:

“We are fully satisfied with the outcome that we reached through this visit with President Bush. In the coming few days, we are going to meet in bilateral negotiations with the Israelis in order to discuss the final status negotiations, final status issues.”

I have to hand it to Dubya on this one. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been on of the Middle East’s most nagging plagues, and if Bush can help negotiate an agreement, it would be a historic victory for his tenure as President and the entire region. These are the types of things we should be doing in the Middle East in order to promote peace, so regardless of how you feel about the President, you have acknowledge the progress he has made on this issue this week.

Bush calls for ‘painful’ Mideast concessions – [CNN]

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One Response

  1. I’ll wait to see what happens. This is far from the first time that Bush has held a peace conference between these leaders. In fact, he’s been doing this for years. When he does, the news stories are all the same, but there is never much progress. Do I begrudge him for holding the meetings? Not at all, I’m glad that he is. However, I’ll save my praise for when I finally see some progress.

    That’s not even mentioning the giant monkey wrench that Hamas has thrown into the equation.

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