President Bush sums up the progress made in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. He appeared Thursday at a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
President Bush, commenting Thursday in Jerusalem, spoke out in favor of the creation of an independent Palestinian state. He followed that strong suggestion with another: financial compensation for Palestinian refugees forced to leave their homes in areas that are now part of Israel.
Mr Bush said in a statement: “It is vital that each side understands that satisfying the other’s fundamental objectives is key to a successful agreement.”
He said this would require:
* secure recognised and defensible borders for Israel
* a viable, contiguous, sovereign and independent Palestinian state
He added: “Agreement must establish Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people.”