By Jon Ward and David R. Sands
The Washington Times
November 27, 2007
President Bush met separately yesterday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in preparation for direct talks between the two leaders today in Annapolis and said that a deal would require “difficult compromises.”
The peace summit, named the Annapolis Conference, is being billed as a starting point for renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, with the goal being a permanent Palestinian state.
Mr. Bush told Mr. Olmert that he was “optimistic” about the conference, but took no questions before either Oval Office meeting early yesterday and offered no details about his conversations with either Mr. Olmert or Mr. Abbas.