Bush to address Israel-Palestinians issue


President Bush is set to make a major speech on prospects for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The president is going to talk tomorrow about the Middle East, about the Israeli-Palestinian issue,” Stephen Hadley, Bush’s national security adviser, told CNN on Sunday. “He is going to reaffirm his commitment to the two-state solution for that issue, a democratic Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a relative moderate, last month fired the Cabinet led by Hamas, a terrorist group, after Hamas forces drove his followers out of the Gaza Strip. He then named a government led by Salam Fayyad, a respected technocrat.

Hadley described the circumstances as an “opportunity” to support “their effort to establish a democratic, effective government that can provide security for the Palestinian people and the region.”

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