JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. President George W. Bush gently urged Mideast leaders to "make the hard choices necessary for peace," leaving it to embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to stand before a divided parliament Thursday and forcefully declare that this war-weary country is ready for a historic agreement with Palestinians.Quote has been trimmed
On a day mourned by Palestinians as the 60th anniversary of their uprooting by Israel’s independence, Bush mentioned the Palestinians only once in a 23-minute speech to the Knesset, and then only in the context of what a Palestinian state would look like six decades from now.
Some Israelis and Palestinians were disappointed that Bush failed to use his high-profile appearance to push the two sides to take the concrete steps to achieve his own goal of a peace deal before the end of his presidency.
Most notably, Bush’s speech ignited a political uproar on the campaign trail back home.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama lashed back after Bush condemned "the false comfort of appeasement" and said that "some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."
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