Jerusalem, Israel (ICEJ) -- It was all smiles at the White House Tuesday as US President George W. Bush toned down expected criticism of Israel's seam-line security fence and repeated his call for the Palestinian Authority to â€œdismantleâ€ the terrorist infrastructure, angering the PA leadership and Islamic terror groups.
According to an Israeli expert on global Islam, recent reports that Washington agreed to back a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital constitute more than a diplomatic manoeuvre aimed at shoring up Arab support for the current US-led war against terror.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has affirmed that Israel's use of American-supplied weapons in pre-emptive strikes against Palestinian terrorists is not a breach of the contractual terms of sale, while other Bush administration officials continue to stand behind Israel's dogged fight against Palestinian terrorism. Yet the question remains whether US President George W. Bush is about to cave in and finally hold his first meeting with PLO chief Yasser Arafat.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President George W. Bush expressed sharply differing views yesterday during a photo opportunity at their meeting at the White House. The brief exchange with reporters highlighted a disagreement over how to proceed with the peace process amid continuing violence.
US President George W. Bush is hosting his first Arab leader, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, at the White House on Monday for frank discussions on some sore points between Washington and Cairo, especially regarding who is responsible for the current flare-up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington on Tuesday comes just as US President-elect George Bush and his growing list of apointees arrive in town to pick up the scrambled pieces of American diplomacy in the Middle East left by the Clinton Administration.
Many leaders in the international community are troubled with the increasing probability that Likud chairman Ariel Sharon will be elected prime minister of Israel in early February, but US President-elect George W. Bush may have a different opinion, describing him recently as a "great warrior and hero of freedom and democracy."
On his last full day in office, US President Bill Clinton gave the incoming Bush administration some unsolicited advice on how to handle foreign policy, but with the Middle East still sliding towards conflict, clearer heads are urging a complete reassessment of the Clinton approach to regional peace-making.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell revealed on Tuesday the Bush Administration will not appoint a new Middle East peace envoy to replace Dennis Ross, signaling that America will play a less active role in the peace process than in the past. US President George W. Bush also plans to begin the "process" of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised in the recent campaign.
Baptist Press) -- George Walker Bush was sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States Jan. 20 and began his first full day of his presidency with a prayer service at Washington's National Cathedral and a declaration of Jan. 21 as a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving.
(Washington, DC) â€“ The American Center for Law and Justice, an international public interest law firm and educational organization, said President Bushâ€™s decision to prohibit the use of federal funds to destroy human embryos to obtain stem cells for research is the â€œcorrectâ€ decision on this critical issue.
In his latest "consultation" with Middle East leaders, US President George W. Bush hosted Jordan's King Abdullah at the White House on Tuesday to discuss bilateral ties and how to keep the Palestinian uprising from spilling over into the Hashemite Kingdom.
(AgapePress) - Retired General Colin Powell took the spotlight last night at the Republican convention.
Powell used most of his time at the podium to sing the praises of Bush. As an example, he applauded what the governor has done in Texas to improve education.