WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Bush wants a Palestinian leader to address the "freedom institute" he plans to establish once he leaves office.
"I’m going to, you know, write a book, I think, about what it was like to be president and some of the hard decisions I had to make," Bush said in a Dec. 5 interview with MBC, a Saudi-owned network, discussing his plans for after January. "I’m going to start an institute that will promote freedom. And this will be an interesting place, particularly in regards to the Middle East, because this will be a place where there will be a forum for people with different issues to come and discuss.
"You know, I would love to have, you know, Palestinians — such as the president or the prime minister — to come and describe to the Americans what it was like to be in that part of the world."