Bush to express his satisfaction with Mideast progress (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Nathan Guttman WASHINGTON 02/03/05)
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WASHINGTON - A few hours before President George W. Bush was
scheduled to give his State of the Union address yesterday, White
House spokesman Scott McClellan said Bush would be expressing
satisfaction at the latest moves to advance negotiations between
Israel and the Palestinians, and hope for a new opportunity to
promote peace in the region.
Bush is also expected to emphasize the administration´s actual
involvement in promoting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, an
involvement reflected in the upcoming visit by Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice to Israel and the Palestinian Authority at the
beginning of next week.
"The president will make a commitment to work to move the process
forward," a White House staffer said Tuesday in a briefing on the
State of the Union speech.
Secretary Rice said yesterday in interviews with news agencies that
the progress attained on the ground since Mahmoud Abbas took up his
post is good, even if it "is not perfect," as she put it.
"Determination to fight terrorism and restore law and order are
things the Palestinian Authority must do. Period," Rice said.
She said the main object of her visit to the region is to preserve
the momentum and ensure that the process continues. (© Copyright 2005
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