Bush Endorses Palestinian State
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.”