Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Bush Urges Palestinians To Reject Terrorism

While it's good to see some pressure being applied to Abbas and the Palestinians, I'm not holding my breath.
EL MIRAGE, Arizona (Reuters) -
President Bush stepped up pressure on the Palestinians one day after a suicide bomb attack, urging President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday to show the "political courage" to rein in militants.

Bush called Israel's withdrawal from Gaza the first step toward creating a democracy for the Palestinians. "It took political courage to make that decision," Bush said of the withdrawal of Jewish settlers.

"And now it's going to take political courage by the Palestinians and ... Abbas to step up, reject violence, reject terrorism and build a democracy," he added during a speech in El Mirage, Arizona.