Dukakis, Bush Say They Can Work with Next Israeli Prime Minister

Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and Vice President George Bush have both stressed that they will be/ able to work for a Middle East peace with whoever forms a government in Israel in the wake of Tuesday’s Knesset elections.

Dukakis gave his assurance in a statement issued Wednesday night from his Boston campaign headquarters congratulating the people of Israel for their demonstration of democracy.

Bush did not issue a statement after the Israeli elections.

But on Thursday, his campaign headquarters here released a letter on the Israeli elections that he sent Oct. 24 to an American Public Affairs Committee dinner in Los Angeles.

In it, Bush said, “I look forward to working closely with the national leadership elected by the people of Israel, whomever they choose.”

Bush pointed out that both Shamir and Peres “are good friends of mine and of the United States.” He said the two Israeli leaders are “committed to the search for lasting peace and security for Israel.”

Dukakis said he was “confident whoever emerges as prime minister in Israel will work tirelessly for progress toward peace among its neighbors and will defend the security of the State of Israel.”

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