Bush meets with Palestinian leaders on Gaza violence

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

With Palestinian police providing extraordinary security, George Bush is paying his first visit to the Palestinians territories as president.

Large parts of the West Bank city of Ramallah were sealed off for today's visit. Heading into his talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the president said he'd be pressing for answers on how Abbas plans to deal with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

Bush met yesterday with Israeli leaders, who told him they won't accept a peace deal unless there's a halt to rocket attacks from Gaza. Bush says "there has to be a firm commitment" by the Palestinian government to deal with "extremists and terrorists" in the Gaza Strip. That part of Palestinian territories is controlled by the militant group, Hamas, which is not a party to the peace talks.

Bush has also asked Israel to remove a key sticking point in peace talks by getting rid of West Bank outposts built by Jewish settlers.


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